Joy Mercado

Hamilton County

Joy Mercado, daughter of the late G.O. and Jenny Wessenauer, returned to be home with the Lord Jesus early Saturday morning, Aug. 31, 2013. She was preceded in death by brother, Rev. James Wessenauer and is survived by children, Justine Mercado, Ian (Diana) Mercado, Joelle (David) Lau and Jenny (Jason) Steele, along with six dearly loved grandchildren, Evelyn, Lillian, Jonathan, Gabrielle, Ryan, Justin; and many beloved friends.Joy graduated from GPS in Chattanooga, and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She was a longtime employee of the Electric Power Board and served as a volunteer Pink Lady at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga. Joy was an active member of New City Presbyterian Church and also regularly attended Johns Creek Baptist Church during frequent family visits.A life celebration memorial service for Joy will be held at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 6, at Johns Creek Baptist Church, 6910 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta, Ga., with a light reception to follow.A graveside service for Joy will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Hamilton Memorial Gardens in Chattanooga with a reception to follow. Family will receive friends at Chattanooga Funeral Home, North Chapel from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013Joy wishes to thank the staff of Emory University Hospital for their diligent care and kindness. The family wishes to also extend thanks to Gentiva Hospice and Senior Helpers for their comforting at-home care.In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made on Joy's behalf to the Memorial Health Care System Foundation of Chattanooga: share your thoughts and memories at are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory & Florist, North Chapel, Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.

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