Born in 1944, Joy lived with her parents in st annes on sea, Lancashire, until the early 50's when the family moved to Mufulira, Northen Rhodesia. Returning to England in 1959 she settled in Gloucestershire, marrying in 1963. She has three children, three step children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. After retiring she rekindled her love of music and writing, becoming a member of No. 8 Writer's Workshop in Pershore and St James Poetry Group in Quedgeley, Gloucester.