Joyce ‘Joy’ Kaps Worley, 90, cherished for her infectious smile and spirit

Joyce 'Joy' Kaps Worley
Joyce ‘Joy’ Kaps Worley

Our amazing mother, Joyce “Joy” Kaps Worley, 90, lost her 7-year battle with dementia Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Heaven is receiving the sweetest angel ever. Through it all, she kept her infectious smile and spirit.

Joy was a very fitting name for her because she was such a joy to anyone who met her. The family is so thankful that she is out of pain and can now be with her husband, Gene, who passed away last year.

Back in the day, as a cheerleader for Alexander Park High School, she played on the basketball team and was involved in many school clubs and activities. She also met her husband, Craddock High School’s star football player, Gene Worley. She enjoyed working for the Norfolk Justice Insurance Agency in the Selden Arcade. She retired in 1957 with the birth of her first child.

She was the classic housewife of the 1960s and ran her household with a firm, but loving, hand. She was involved with PTA, coached softball teams and volunteered in any way she could. She was actively involved in her yearly high school reunions until her diagnosis.

She was a very loving mother, grandmother and friend, always doing for others before herself. She loved horses, flowers and the changing fall leaves and trips to Williamsburg.

She was preceded by her parents, Katherine and Herbert Kaps; sisters, Janie and Sandy; and her beloved husband of 67 years, Gene Worley.

Cherishing her memory, are her children, Vicki Whited, and her husband, Tim, Kim Worley Williams, Chip Worley, and his wife, Kimberly; and grandchildren, Thomas Coghill III, Jonathan and Blake Whited and Kyle Boettner.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, please continue her joyful spirit by showing an act of kindness to someone that you care about or someone in need.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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