Joy Dorlac

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Joy Dorlac


Joy Dorlac was born September 11, 1929 in Englewood. She went home to be with the Lord March 17th in Englewood. Her parents were Louie and Ferne Wilson. She had two older brothers, Louie “Junior” and Raymond.  She graduated from Englewood High School in 1946. Joy attended the Lamont School of Music at DU, majoring in Music Education, graduating in 1950. She married John October 18, 1953 and started a family. They had a daughter Greta and a son, Louie. They were married 53 years.

Joy was very involved in music with the First Baptist Church of Englewood. She had a trio and band that traveled with Harvey Springer to do Revivals. A young man named John needed a piano player for his band. A mutual friend recommended he contact Joy. In 1949 when they met, was the beginning of their life together.

Joy worked at Lowry AFB for 35 years retiring as an Avionics Technical Writer in 1985. In 1987 John and Joy moved to Grand Junction. Music continued to be a big part of their life. Most knew them because of that. She loved the outdoors, camping and fishing. In the evening around the campfire, Joy would grab her accordion and John his guitar. Hours of music were played as the fire flickered.

Joy is predeceased by the love of her life, both parents, both brothers, and her son. She is survived by her daughter, Greta Lea (David), their 3 sons, Chris (Michelle), Matthew (Kristine), Shane, and Louie’s 2 sons, Steven and Johnathon (Krystal) and two great-grand daughters, Riley and Ariya. Contributions can be made in Joy’s name to the Friends of the Talking Book Library, 180 Sheridan, Denver, 80226.

Services will be held at the Bullock Colonial Chapel on Friday, March 23rd at 1:00 p.m. with interment following at Littleton Cemetery.

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  1. I met this wonderful woman once; at Greta's retirement ceremony in Utah. Wow, what an impact she made on my life ever since.

    Thank you Joy!

  2. Joy was one of my very dear friends.   She and her husband came to California for the winter season.   She was one of my best friends at the Englewood Tabernacle (we were from the Harvey Springer days), and she accompanied me while singing in our Girl's Trio, when I played and sang at the Tabernacle.   She was a friend for over 63 years and we will miss her and her wonderful musical talents.  She came here, to California, in the winters and we had great times together for all of these years.   Yes…….she will be missed.   Phyllis Wilkin Hottman

  3. Aunt Joy was always fun to be around. I loved hearing her and Johnny play together. We're sad that we weren't able to attend her memorial but I'm sure it was beautiful. I'm glad she's at peace.
    We are happy to contribute to the Talking Library in her name.

    Kalin and Diane Wilson (Raymond's grandson)

  4. I will miss my Aunt Joy! She was a very intelligent and determined woman. She was successful in her work, loved  her family and and had a firm and faithful belief in Christ. It is hard to say her name alone though because to me it was always "Joy and Johnnie." The two names were always one and rarely did I say one name alone until Johnny left us. Joy and Johnny were wonderful musicians and enjoyed playing music together. Joy loved seeing my husband and I playing music together even when it would bring tears to her eyes missing Johnny. Joy will always be an inspiration!

  5. Greta and I have been best friends since high school and I remember her mom and dad as talented musicians and caring people. I can't think of Joy without also remembering John as they did most everything together. I will miss her but I know she is now with John, the love of her life.

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