Joy D. Counts, 58, of Fremont, OH passed away on February 2, 2023, at Fremont ProMedica Hospital. She was born February 23, 1964, to Donald Hull and Katherine (Sage) Martin in Sidney, OH. Joy worked at Autoplas in Bellevue, OH for many years and retired in 2011. She also worked for BBI Enterprise in Sidney, OH. Joy volunteered for the Stricker Center in Fremont. She enjoyed taking naps, Pokémon Go, and spending time with her family. Joy was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Michigan Wolverines and WWE. She loved deeply and was deeply loved by others and had a generous heart.
Joy is survived by her husband, Jerry Smith; daughters, Jennifer Counts, Amy Brandewie and Ashley (Manuel) Cantu all of Fremont, OH; son, Travis Counts of Piqua, OH; bonus child, Anelita Orozco; siblings, Rick (Marla) Martin, Temperance, MI, Larry (Cathy) Martin, Sidney, OH, Forrest (Anita) Martin and Lisa (Todd) Trainer both of Piqua, OH; grandchildren, Malcolm Archie, Dailyn Wiley, Mackenzie Brandewie, Landan Hunt, Maliyah Archie, Aliyanna Melo Counts, Julius and Ariella Cantu, Giselle and Isabelle Rodriguez; sister-in-law, Heather Martin; several nieces and nephews and her dogs, Brownie and Prancer.
She is preceded in death by her parents, infant brother, Bruce Martin; brothers, Jim Martin and Donnie Hull; sister, Rita (John) Batton.
Visitation will take place on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. to 6-8 p.m. at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory 425 E, State St. Fremont, OH 43420.
A service will be held Thursday, February 9, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the American Lung Cancer Association in her honor.
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Prayers for peace and comfort to all. May she fly high with the angels.
To Joys Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. I spent time with Joy as she volunteered at GLCAP. She was a wonderful person, always willing to help out. She will be missed
My deepest sympathy goes out to Joys family, I am so sorry and devastated for your loss. Joy and I quickly became friends while participating in the GLCAP Home based program with her and Ariella her beautiful granddaughter. I saw and admired the love she had for her children and grandchildren and they loved her right back.
My heart is broken for you all, I promise we will see her again.
Love, peace and blessings in Jesus name
I am so sorry for the loss of Joy.
She was a blessing on Earth to her family and her community. I met Joy through her volunteer efforts with GLCAP. She was a selfless individual who put the needs of others before herself. I am wishing her family the very best as they navigate without her physical presence. Love and prayers as you process this immense loss.
To the Count family: Joy was a Beautiful and kind person. She truly loved her family. I know she Loved those grand kids to the bone because she spoiled the one in my family Dailyn. Whenever we talked she was always so pleasant. To the family Joy will truly be missed. Condolences and our prayers goes out to you.
Love the Wiley family
To the Count family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I know that Joy was the glue that held the family together. A great mother and an AWESOME grandmother to my nephew Dailyn. Take comfort in knowing she suffers no more and though her earthly body is gone her spirit will protect and continue to be with you all forever! May God be with you during this difficult transition. Deepest sympathy, Yolanda Wiley
I miss you so much granny. never in a million years did I think you was gonna leave us. I just can’t believe you are gone you will definitely be missed by everyone that ever got to be around your beautiful soul. I hope you are much better in heaven I sure wish you wouldn’t be suffering and be here with us still. All I can say is I love and miss you granny you will forever be my OG.
Until we meet again- Love Maliyah.