What's in a name? that which we call a rose... By any other name would smell as sweet.” Our daughter and sister JOY.

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Joy Denise Crawford Williams 1948-2020

It is with sad hearts that we share the loss of our dear daughter and sister. She passed away on Saturday morning, November 21, 2020, after fighting the battle of cancer. We will miss her, but we will rejoice in the time that we have spent with her.

Joy was born January 24, 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Keith J. and Mary Joy Crawford. On May 7, 1971 she married John T. Williams III in the Salt Lake City Temple (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). Joy was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John T Williams III as well as, her mother, Mary Joy Crawford and her youngest brother Christopher L. Crawford. She is survived by her father, her siblings Randy K. Crawford (Linda), Scott A. Crawford (Ann), Terry J. Crawford (Shannon), Todd M. Crawford (Danette) and many nieces and nephews.

Joy will be buried in the Salt Lake City cemetery on Friday December 4, 2020 by the side of her husband John.

Joy was the oldest and with that came great responsibility. She was the one who watched over and cared for us, her younger brothers. She was the instigator in many of the adventures of our lives and would always be the one we looked to for peace and stability in our lives. Her great love for her Savior was always a topic of conversation, as she was constantly striving to serve our heavenly father and emulate the life of her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Never a day will go by that we won’t miss our daughter, sister, our friend, our aunt and our ‘grandmother’ to the numerous posterity that is a Crawford privilege. We are overwhelmed with joy, literally, when it comes to the thought that she is reunited with her husband who passed away 11 years ago.

As her family, we want to thank all of you who have touched her life, who have enriched her life and made her the person she became here on this earth. It is only with sweet anticipation that we look forward to the opportunity to be reunited with her again in the arms of our Heavenly Father.

What is in a name… Joy!!! We love you and we will miss you. Our hearts are heavy but our future is blessed with the memories of your love.



Friday, Dec. 04, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Salt Lake City Cemetery
200 N St E
Salt Lake City, UT 84103

Services Handled By

Independent Funeral Service - Salt Lake City
2746 S State St.
Salt Lake City, UT

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Nov 30, 2020

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Joy was a sweet generous lady. She had such a strong faith and positive outlook that she blessed the lives of those who knew her. The last several months she has posted cute pictures saying good morning and good night that have lifted my days and made me smile. It was typical of Joy to lift others and make them feel like they were important. May you rest in peace and enjoy being with your sweet husband again.

Tasha Faber , West Jordan, UT, US Dec 07, 2020

I couldn’t help but think of what a Joyous reunion that must have been in more ways than one when they saw each other again! They were the sun and moon and stars to each other. Their lives revolved around each other. To be separated must have been very difficult. “...weeping may endure for a night, but Joy cometh in the Morning. Psalm 30:5

Jeff Williams Dec 03, 2020

I just heard about Joy’s death and wanted to extend my sympathies to her family. I went here to South High with her and will always remember her smile. Cancer is so prevalent— it’s so sad that so many of my friends, not to mention both of my siblings, have lost their life. I am a cancer survivor myself - breast cancer and thyroid cancer, in addition to other medical problems. This year has been horrid. I pray that next year will be better

Sally Jackson Hale , Grand Terrace, CA, US Dec 01, 2020