Joy Ilene Slane
June 26, 1942  -  March 21, 2018

Joy Ilene Slane

Joy I. Slane, went to heaven, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. She was born June 26, 1942 in Colorado Springs, Colorado and moved to Lincoln County 35 years ago from Colorado.

She is survived by her husband, and soulmate, John Downey; her sons, Clint Henson and his wife, Wanda and Riley Henson and his wife, Pauline; three grandchildren, Beki Reyes, Toby Henson, and Dylan Henson, and three great grandchildren, Liam, Spencer and Kambryn.

Joy was an award winning artist, with pieces in collections across the nation. She lived her life, adding beauty to the world, kindness and love, to those who knew her.

Services will be held at a later date.


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  1. Pam Allen
    Capitan, NM

    To Joy's family, Words can not express the sorrow I feel about her passing. I had no idea until today April 4, 2018. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Megan
    , NM

    I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

  3. bobbie johnson
    Ruidoso Downs, NM

    So sorry to read about Joy's passing. We shared a hospital room in December and got to know each other by talking - never did see her face - I was discharged before she was but we really enjoyed our talks. She gave me her phone number but, unfortunately, I lost it. Very sorry for the family.

  4. Ev Burton
    Ruidoso, NM

    Joy was a delight to all who knew her. Talented, loving and caring. She will be missed

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