Joy Lee Allen | The SUN from the sources of Pagosa

February 28, 1949 – July 25

Joy Lee Allen (née Lee, Hee Sook) was born in Suwon, South Korea on February 28, 1949. She was orphaned by the Korean War and spent her early years at her grandmother’s orphanage. mother with her brother, Johan.

At age 16, she was adopted by Chaplain John H DuVal and moved to the United States to join his wife, Lorraine DuVal, and two daughters. Over the next few years, she worked hard to learn English and assimilate into American culture. She met Maurice Allen at a roller rink in Williamsburg, Virginia. Despite their lack of skating skills and a language barrier, a romance blossomed. They were married on March 7, 1969, by Chaplain DuVal. This was the beginning of their life together adventure, traveling the world and building their family. They were blessed with two children: Richard and Michelle.

Joy has never been one to sit back and be idle. She had many interests, but her real passions were cooking, sewing and tennis. When she was not busy caring for her family, she generously volunteered her time. Propelled by her love for helping others and her desire to further her education, Joy pursued a degree in nursing later in life. In 1991, she proudly received her Registered Nurse diploma. Her nursing career was short-lived, however, as she found that the lifestyle of a new nurse did not allow her enough time to care for her family.

They moved to Pagosa Springs, Colorado in April 2000 upon Maurice’s retirement. She enjoyed the beauty and the people that Colorado offered. Here she continued to pursue her passion for tennis and became more involved with the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She decided to become a Catholic, and Gloria Adams and several other people from the RICA program helped her through the process. She was baptized and confirmed by Father John Bowe on April 19, 2003. As her dementia progressed, Maurice and Joy received a lot of support from friends, including Fran and John O’Brien. Maurice will be eternally grateful to them for having made the trip a little less painful.

Joy passed away peacefully on July 25, surrounded by her family.

A rosary will be held at Pope John Paul II Catholic Church in Pagosa Springs on Saturday, October 8 at 9 a.m., eulogy at 9:30 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m., with interment and reception immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to JPII to help with mortgage debt.

Joy, we will always love you.

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