Joy Cassady

joy cassady

April 28, 1938 ~ August 25, 2020

Born in: Fairfield, California
Resided in: Fremont, California

Joy Lenore Cassady entered peacefully into rest August 25, 2020 in Fremont, California.  Born to

Charles Lee Davis and Doris Eleanor Conklin on April 28, 1938 in Vallejo, California where she was born and raised.  She was a loving wife to the late Edward Harvey.

She was the loving mother of Chad William Cassady and Erin Jennifer Cassady.  She is survived by her sisters, Rose Greene and Olivetta Chavez.  Joy was the devoted grandmother of Chad William Cassady, Jr., Jack Edward Cassady and Ava Anne Cassady.  She was preceded in death by her husband Edward, her parents Charles and Doris, brothers Donald, Phil and Richard and step sister Lillian.

Joy went to Vallejo Junior College and graduated in 1958.  She then attended San Francisco State University where she received her BS degree and teaching credential.  Joy went on to teach Physical Education at Luther Burbank Junior High School in San Francisco.  From there she taught at John F. Kennedy High School where she remained for 39 years.  Joy was truly a dedicated and loving educator.

She enjoyed walking her dogs, family gatherings, working out at 24 Hour Fitness in the Silver Sneakers class, gardening and reading.  She loved her grandchildren and pets.  Joy belonged to St. Joseph’s parish where she attended the Monday bible class and Wednesday bible study.  She was a part of the California Teachers Association, Calpers and volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels. 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538. If you do not feel comfortable coming in person you can join the service by computer using this link

Joy requested donations be made to the Sister John Marie’s Pantry at PO Box 3279, Fremont, CA. 94539, or to St. Vincent DePaul at 2272 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA. 94612.

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Joy Cassady 's name.

Sister John Marie's Pantry

P.O. Box 3276 Mission Blvd.
Fremont, CA

Memories Timeline


  1. CandleMy Auntie Joy, my mom’s oldest sister, was more than just an aunt to me. After I was born, my mom and I moved into my Auntie Joy and Uncle Ed’s home and we lived with them until I was about three. I was the first child in their home until their son Chad was born two and a half years later. Since my Auntie Joy was a teacher, I got to spend summers with Chad and Erin who was born six years after me. My Auntie Joy was clear that I was the oldest of our trio and therefore was supposed to be the leader and not get us in trouble and I was to protect Chad and Erin. Like her children, she instilled in me to love others, to be kind and respect my elders. Family was most important. Tradition was key. She made Chad, Erin and I promise to carry on our family traditions, especially for Chad’s kids, Chad Jr (19), Jack (16) and Ava (12). She said I was her first child. My Uncle Ed said the same to me. My loss is of a child losing a surrogate mother. I know that my Uncle Ed was there to greet her to guide her through the next life where she is strong and healthy again and no longer in pain. Chad and Erin and I will carry on her ethics, morals, her strength and traditions. I’ve been feeling very numb but I’m so glad she’s no longer in pain and with her loved ones that have gone before her. I love you more than anything Auntie Joy! Until we meet again.

  2. CandleAunt Joy was so fun to be around when I was growing up. Loved it when she came to visit. Always had a good time. I will never forget once when she was around….i had gotten a badminton set and when she hit the bird she hit the roof gutter and broke the racket in half. The look on her face was priceless.

  3. My heart goes out to Chad Sr., Erin, Chad Jr., Jack, and Ava, my sister’s children and grandchildren. They were fortunate to all live close to one another. Joy got to be a part of her grandchildren’s lives. I remember the day I met Ed and am a grateful sister-in-law for having him in my life. Many a holiday including Christmas Eve was spent with the Cassady family. I have a fond memory of a bike ride we took together when Chad and Erin were little. Joy attended all of the reunion picnics I organized in Holbrook Heights to get our mother’s six children and/or their families together on or near Mother’s birthday of June 13. Joy’s son took the whole family to Hawaii early in 2020 and my son Paul and I visited Joy before they left, on New Year’s Eve 2019. Joy would visit our mother in Vallejo and bring Rose and me clothes to try on. As teenagers living with Don and Bev after Mother died we were invited to Tahoe In the summer where Joy worked to put herself through college. It’s the end of an era with her passing. God bless the Cassady family.

  4. CandleI knew Joyce back when she and I were very very young. Around 7 years old. We remained friends throughout high school. She was a cheerleader; I a Pom Pom girl. I knew her while she and Ed dated and later married. We talked about 2 years ago—unfortunately the last time. She will always have a special place in my memories. My love to her family.

  5. I have so many wonderful memories of our family gatherings with my Auntie Joy. Holidays in particular growing up with her and my Uncle Ed were really great. We would play lots of games and watching her and Uncle Ed being competitive and poking fun at one another brought a lot of laughter. She had such a great laugh and really enjoyed sharing her life with others. She was always so willing to open up her home to any of her friends and family. She really loved her family. Growing up I remember she had a convertible MG and when I was about 11 or 12 she would take me and my cousin Gayle for a drive in it and we would stop at Howies for burgers. I will miss you Auntie Joy. You really did live life to the fullest.

  6. CandleMy Aunt Joy was a so much fun I can remember my family visiting her and uncle Ed often when I was little. She enjoyed taking my family on trips to parks, rivers, beaches, and going to swimming pools in the summer, my brother Mike and I would spend weeks at her house, we always had so much fun. I remember looking forward to visiting, we played games, and we helped uncle Ed look for square nails, which was always an adventure.

    My Aunt Joy also started the tradition of of celebrating my Father’s Birthday which was on the 24th of December at her home which continued even after my Father passed in 2015. She always looked after my Father and then I saw her do the same for uncle Rich, family was always important to her. Aunt Joy always saw the best in me, even when I wasn’t so good, and she will be deeply missed.

  7. CandleJoy you will missed greatly . Always a bright light and a kind heart . A great mom and amazing grandmother . The world lost a good one . May you rip

  8. CandleErin, I could see that your Mom loved having us over the house. I’m grateful I had the opportunity to spend time with her. May she Rest In Peace.

  9. CandleJoy Cassady was my PE teacher at Kennedy High 1968 -1971. She was one of those teachers that people talk about that made a lasting impression on you, good or bad . For me it was all GOOD, she was there for me during a difficult time in my life. She gave me support and guidance which i am grateful for till this day. We would cross paths from time to time throughout the years, but 6 or 7 yrs ago we re-connected at a Silver Sneakers class at 24hr Fitness. During this time we would talk about current events, how we each spent time with the family for the holidays,what was happening in our lives. She gave me much support when my husband John of 49yrs passed in 2018 even thou she herself was heartbroken. She was there for both of us in the beginning. I will truly miss her but will cherish the memories of Mrs. Cassady my PE teacher but also the memories of Joy… my Friend Heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and close friends, God Bless

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