The Norman Transcript


November 4, 2012

Joy Colleen Tschappat Eidson

NORMAN — Joy Colleen Tschappat Eidson, 66, of Sulphur died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Crossway Baptist Church in Sulphur with the Rev. Bill Leveridge officiating. Arrangements are by DeArman’s Clagg Funeral Home of Sulphur.

Joy was born Feb. 4, 1946, in Tulsa; the first daughter of Dan Edward Tschappat and Harriett Ann Wilson Tschappat. Joy went to be with God on Sunday, Oct. 28, a beautiful crisp fall day with red and golden foliage colors and a bright beautiful harvest moon.

Joy was the first of three children. She graduated from Tulsa Edison High School and the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in education. During her time in college, Joy worked for the University’s publication office and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Joy and several of her sorority sisters spent summers working abroad, including one summer in Hyannis Port, Mass., where Joy worked at a gift shop called the Little Fan and two of her regular customers were Jackie and Rose Kennedy. During another summer, much to the chagrin of her father, Joy and her sorority sisters spent the summer working as blackjack dealers at Harrah’s Casino in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Joy met her husband and love of her life, Arvin Wayne Eidson, while attending the University of Oklahoma and, fittingly, their first date was to the OU/Texas football game, and yes, OU won the game. They married Aug. 2, 1969, in Tulsa, Okla.

After graduation and before marriage, Joy taught fourth grade elementary students in Garden Grove, Calif., and after marriage, she taught at Cleveland Elementary School in Norman.

After their marriage, Wayne joined the U.S. Army, and during his service Wayne and Joy were stationed at Fort Sill; Fort Polk, La.; and in Kilkis, Greece. While they were stationed at Fort Polk, Joy taught elementary school in Deridder, La. Wayne and Joy spent Wayne’s final year in the service in the small Greek village of Kilkis where Wayne was attached to a Greek/American weapons site. During that time, Joy taught English in a Greek school and they spent their spare time touring northern Greece in an old worn-out Fiat, snorkeling in the Aegean and enjoying Greek culture, wine and food.

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