ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Patricia Joy Colston, age 68, passed away peacefully with her children at her side on Aug. 29, 2008 from complications of pneumonia.
Joy was the daughter of Leslie and Hazel Kennelley. Born in Madera, Calif. and raised in Odessa, Texas with her elder brother, Jack (Denver, Colo). She married Lonnie E. Colston in 1961 and later divorced in 1975. She was later married to Jerry Coward for several years and he later passed away from a terminal illness.
She was a very loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend to those who knew her. She loved to dance and was very good at it. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, cake decorating, watching bull riding on TV and most of all reading. Murder mysteries were her favorite. Patricia Cornwell was one of her favorite authors.
While married to Lonnie, she learned to appreciate traveling as his job took them from from state to state and, as a result, she was able to live in the majority of the southern U.S. during their marriage.
She later lived in Aberdeen, Scotland, for three years and traveled to different countries throughout Europe while there. She loved all the "green" in Scotland. From the beautiful grasses, trees and landscape to the mountains so brilliant with color.
In 1979, she moved to Albuquerque, N.M. as her brother and his family lived there and she has always loved the Indian culture and beauty. She felt at home there.
Joy is survived by her brother, Jack (Chris) Kennelley of Denver, Colo.; her children, Leslie (Robert "Tuffy") Howard of Price; Lonnette Graham of Albuquerque, N.M.; Lonnie E. Colston of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren, Shiloh Howard Herr of Spanish Fork; Josh (Kristie) Howard of Elko, Nev.; and Sydnee Graham of Albuquerque, N.M.; and great-grandsons, Blaze Howard of Elko, Nev.; and Ethan Herr of Spanish Fork; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is expecting a third great-grandson in November. She was preceded in death by parents; and nephew, Chuck Downey.
Joy was cremated on Sept. 2 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Any form of condolences for the family may be submitted to Leslie Howard, 780 W. 400 North, Price, UT 84501
Joy was a supporter of the St. Judes Hospital and the family asks that donations be made in her memory.