Joy Annine Salerni was born in Long Beach, California, to Ted and Annine Lawson. She transitioned to the next part of her eternal journey on May 8, 2022. She was 83 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, John Vincent Salerni, and her brother, Freddie Lawson.
Survivors include her daughters, Sherry and her husband, Val Kadura, and Nina and her husband, Rick Dodgen. Her granddaughter, Christal and her husband Maurice Fox, and two great grandchildren, Vinny and Marley Fox. Her two grandsons, Brandon Dodgen and his wife, Samantha, and Hunter Dodgen and his partner, Matthew Luetzen. She is also survived by her father who is 102 years old, Tom Phillips and Kathy.
Joy attended Long Beach State College and became a teacher. She taught typing and other business classes at the high school level. She then became a mother and also a stay-at-home mom. She moved to Kingwood with her family in 1978. She was very active with her children’s activities such as Girl Scouts. She was a leader for many years and regularly took a gaggle of girls off into the woods to camp. She also attended many recitals, shows, plays and performances that her children were involved in. She loved genealogy and spent many many hours researching her and others’ lineage.
Joy was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, daughter and sister and will be missed by all of those who knew and loved her.