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6934 South Western Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Phone: 405-634-1439
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Joy Railey

Joy Lee Railey (Manahan)

Monday, August 20th, 1928 - Friday, January 11th, 2019
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Joy Lee (Manahan) Railey passed from this life on January 12, 2019. She was born in Okemah, Oklahoma on August 20, 1928. She lived with her mother, Kathleen Manahan, while attending Okemah High School. During her junior year, she was granted an age waiver by her school and began working as a bookkeeper at Southwestern Bell Telephone to help with expenses. She would arrive at school at 8 a.m., study until noon, then leave and walk to work. She would work until 10 p.m. and then walk home. Upon graduating from high school, she and her mother moved to Midwest City where her sister (Joann) helped her find work at Tinker Air Force Base where Joy worked for many years. It was here she met Robert H. "Bob" Railey, who would become her lifelong friend, partner, soul mate and husband. Joy and Bob were married in 1961. Joy's keen professional ability and profound attention to detail facilitated her promotion to the position of Assistant to the Superintendent of Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City. Joy enjoyed her home immensely and loved to entertain, especially during the holidays. She also loved playing bingo and reading. She and Bob were both avid pilots and often flew in one of many Cessnas they owned through the years, the last one being a 150 Aerobat. She and Bob designed and built their home in Oklahoma City in 1962, where they shared many happy memories. Joy enjoyed her neighbors, but most of all her kitchen where she spent many hours cooking and baking. Most of the families Christmas' were spent in Joy's beautiful home where she and Bob would - after opening presents - entertain the family with slide shows consisting hundreds of family photos. Joy was the fifth of seven children and is survived by her brother Rameth "Sonny" Manahan, Jr. and his wife Joyce of Afton, one sister Joann Clonts of Midwest City, sister-in-law Malacha Payton and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death was her husband, Robert Hall Railey; her parents, Rameth Manahan, Sr. & Kathleen (Cartmell) Manahan; her sisters, Ramona Curry, Virginia Goode, Molly Hampton and Aileen Mackey. Memorial services for Joy are set for Wednesday January 16th at Vondel Smith and Son Mortuary located at 13125 N. MacArthur Blvd. Visitation will be held between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., at which time the funeral service will begin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for Neurological Disease (Alzheimer's) Rearch at
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Vondel L. Smith Mortuary - North Colonial Chapel
    13125 N. MacArthur Blvd
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  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 | 5:00pm
    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 5:00pm
    Vondel L. Smith Mortuary - North Colonial Chapel
    13125 N. MacArthur Blvd
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  • Interment

    Thursday, January 17th, 2019 |
    Thursday, January 17th, 2019
    Bethany Cemetery
    NW 63rd and Rockwell
    BETHANY, OK 73008
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    Private Interment


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Robert J. Kanary

Posted at 05:33pm
Joy's essence was immediately apparent when we first met. She was a sweet person and a soul at peace. I enjoyed meeting her. Pastor Bob Kanary

Nancy Young

Posted at 02:56pm
To the family of Joy Lee Railey (Manahan). My family sends their deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out you. Isaiah 25:8.


Posted at 12:52pm
I am so sorry for the family’s loss. Death is one of the hardest trials to cope with. May you find comfort from the future promise recorded in Revelation 21:4 which says “he [God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more.” We have assurance from God’s word the Bible and we can be certain God will fulfill the words from his word.

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