Arab lost a friend this week.

Retired educator and civic volunteer Joy Privett, 74, died after being in the hospital for more than a month. She was on a ventilator much of that time and heavily sedated.

Her death was not attributed to COVID.

Her daughter, Shelley Privett Knox, made the announcement on social media Sunday.

“To all that have been praying for our family during this trying time, we thank you. Mom went to be with our Heavenly Father early this afternoon. We ask for your continued prayers for our family during the days ahead. We find peace in knowing that she is no longer suffering and is with the many loved ones that have gone before her. We are all better people for knowing her. We love you and will miss you, Mom.”

A celebration of Joy’s life will be held Saturday, March 6, at Arab First United Methodist Church. Visitation begins at noon and a service will begin at 2 pm. In accordance with her wishes, Joy’s ashes will be spread near the ocean at a later date.

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