On April 5, 2022, we lost our beloved Joy due to heart complications. Joy was born to Woody and Emma Sherrill on December 31, 1940, in Lebanon, Oregon. As a child, her family moved to several different cities.

Joy married Norm Tyler in Klamath Falls, Oregon on October 1, 1957. After living in Klamath Falls for a short period of time, they relocated to Humboldt County, living in Redcrest, Scotia and Rio Dell. Together, Joy and Norm started a family, having three boys and one daughter, Rick, Barbara, Kenneth and Norman. Joy was a very talented person at art and making costumes for her children for the Scotia Kawana’s Day Parades. Joy and Norm divorced in the late ‘70s. Joy continued to raise her children on her own. She was a very hardworking woman and loving woman. She worked for Crown Redwood until they closed, Simpson Timber and Eel River Sawmills.

In her free time, Joy enjoyed dancing, playing pool and being with family and her beloved friends. In the early ‘80s, Joy met the love of her life, William Houseworth. Their passion together was to be outdoors. They enjoyed ocean fishing, abalone diving and walking the beaches collecting agates. Joy and Bill were married at the Heart of Reno wedding chapel in Reno, Nevada on June 16th, 1986. Together they bought their little piece of paradise in Holmes Flat, where Bill and Joy lived out the duration of their lives together.

After the passing of Joy’s husband, Joy enjoyed spending time with her family. She was always up for a road trip to Petrolia to see her brother Gary and to wonder the beaches. Joy enjoyed having visits with her friends, drinking a nice cold beer, enjoying a good family gathering, camping up at Ruth and gambling at the casino.

Joy is preceded in death by her baby son Bobby Ray, husband William Houseworth, parents Woody and Emma Sherrill, Sister Geane Coleman, Brother Larry Sherrill and sister Louise Pulver. Joy is survived by her brother Gary Sherrill (Clara), her children; son Rick Tyler, daughter Barb Bettis (Rod), son Ken Tyler (Sandy), son Norm Tyler (Shelly), grandchildren; Emma and Christopher Tyler, Rodney Bettis (Holly), Bridget Vaile (Mike), Kalyn Tyler, Kendra Tyler, Erin Tyler and Trent Tyler and her five great-grandchildren; Kelsi Day, Austin Baker, Brice Bettis, Makayla Johnson-Vaile and Chase Bettis.

Joy’s family was the pride and joy of her life. The legacy of Joy’s kind spirit, passion for outdoors, love of gambling and her zest of life will live on through them. We will always carry your memory in our hearts.


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