April 11, 1932 - March 19, 2013
Joy L. Amodei, of Carson City, passed away on Tuesday morning, March 19, 2013. Born in Reno on April 11, 1932, to Evelyn and Eugene Longero, both of Silver City. Joy grew up on the Comstock living in Gold Hill, Silver City and Virginia City until her family moved to Carson during her Sophomore year in High School. She is a graduate of the Silver City Grade School and Carson High School (1950). She has been a Carson City resident since 1948.
Joy spent most of her working years in the employ of Dr. William R. King as a receptionist and book keeper. She was active in both Beta Sigma Phi, and Carson’s chapter of the Women’s International Bowling Congress. Later her energies were devoted to the Carson Tahoe Hospital Women’s Axillary and the congregation activities of the First Presbyterian Church. Throughout her life, Joy was an unabashed and enthusiastic animal lover. She was a one woman rescue organization for all animals, but was always providing a home and haven for dogs and cats.
Joy’s name fit her perfectly. She embodied warmth and always had a smile and kind word for her family and friends. She was truly a joy to be around. One of her proudest achievements in life was that of being a mother and grandmother. She constantly talked about Mark and Denise and her four grandchildren. Her friends were all well aware of what was going on in the lives of her children and grandchildren as they were a constant topic of discussion. Joy will be missed terribly by her family and friends. There are few people who are so exceedingly kind and generous in this life, and for those who knew her are truly blessed to have had her in their lives.
Joy was proceeded in death by her husband, Donald M. Amodei; as well as her brothers, Delbert and Jake Longero, and sister, Ruth Caraway. She is survived by her son and daughter, Mark Amodei, and Denise Boyden (John); four grandchildren, Ryanne, Erin, Abby, and Riley; as well as two brothers, Kenny Longero of Las Vegas and Donald Longero of Carson City. There will be a celebration of life for this Native Daughter of Nevada, Saturday March 23, 2013, at 9 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 115 N. Division Street in Carson City.
In lieu of flowers, Joy would be pleased to enlist your support for the construction of the new facility for Carson City Animal Services. Donations in her memory can be sent to Carson Animal Services Initiative (CASI) at, 112 N. Curry Street, Carson City, NV 89703.