Surrounded by loving family and friends, Joy (Garson Howard Kunian) Chase, 92 years old, passed away in her sleep on Saturday, June 5, 2016.
A lifetime resident of Atlanta, Joy was born May 13, 1924, the youngest of Frank and Gussie Garson’s three children. She married Bernard Howard on Dec. 3, 1943, and was blessed with four children: Jackie, Gary, Neal and Clark. Joy and Bernie were married until his passing in 1989.
Joy had a love for her friends, travel and serving the Atlanta Jewish community. She was the first (and only) female president of the Atlanta Jewish Home for the Aged and helped to organize and found the Temple Couples Shelter in 1984.
Widowed in her mid-60s, Joy went on to find love two more times: with her second husband, Sonny Kunian, in 1994 (until his death in 1997) and her third husband, Art Chase, in 2009 (until his death in 2011). Joy was also preceded in death by her mother, father, and brothers Arthur and Dan Garson. Her sister-in-law Charlotte Garson survives her.
Until her last day, Joy lived a blissfully happy life with a positive attitude and smile on her face. She truly lived up to her name.
Joy is survived by her four loving children, Jackie, Gary, Neil and Clark. She was grandmother to 10 grandchildren — Adam, Miles, Heather, Samantha, Ross, Todd, David, Rebecca, Stephanie and Grant — and great-grandmother to 13 great-grandchildren — Jacob, Zack, Danielle, Erin, Gabe, Morgan, Allison, Sloane, Rachel, Simone, Sydney, Gillian and Jonathan.
Per her wishes, Joy was cremated. A memorial service was held for family and friends at The Temple on Peachtree Street on Tuesday, June 7.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the William Breman Jewish Home’s Bernard Howard Memorial Fund in her honor or to the charity of your choice. As she always said, “it doesn’t matter where you give; just give.”