Townson-Rose Funeral Home

Obituary for Georgia "Joy" Shagena


12/06/1952 - 02/12/2020


It is with laden hearts we announce the passing of our loving sister, and mother, Georgia “Joy” Shagena, February 12, 2020.

Joy was born December 6, 1952 in Harvey, Illinois, but for the last nine years she’s called Murphy, North Carolina her home.

She is preceded in death by both parents: JD and Ruth Garitson, but is survived by daughters: Tammy Lutes and Janie Hill of Kentucky and of Bradenton, Florida; and three loving grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

She is also survived by her four sisters: Gail Lapp, spouse (Eli), Judy Colson, (Ray) of Bradenton, Florida and Nancy Clark (James), Robin Kline (Tom) of Murphy NC.

Joy enjoyed attending services and was a member, who attended Messiah Episcopal Church here in Murphy regularly; she also worked diligently in animal rescue.

She had a tenacious heart, and enjoyed volunteering with a passion. It is due to such a passions she found herself working with several local animal outreach programs, including the local Thrift Store—where proceeds are disbursed, and used to provide care for displaced, and sadly, unwanted animals.

It is in closing we humbly invite all community, family, and friends to attend a celebration of life services for Joy on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 1 pm at the Messiah Episcopal Church located at 76 Peachtree Street Murphy, NC.

In lieu of flowers, it was her wish, all proceeds be mailed to: Valley River Human Society 7450 US-19 Marble, NC 28905 in honor of Joy Shagena.

She was a devoted mother, and sister, and Joy to all who knew and loved her. Go rest high on that mountain love; until we meet again. You take a piece of our hearts with you.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.


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