Joye Emily (Brinkman) Mock – Oakdale, PA

Joye Emily (Brinkman) Mock, 89, of Oakdale, PA, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 1, 2024. Joye was preceded in death by her loving husband, Rev. C.E. “Ted” Mock. She is the beloved mother of Pamela Vohar (Don) and Susan Eaton (Sam); grandmother of Kara Eaton, Samuel Eaton, II (Lauren), Leah Birone (Michael), Jessica Fennell (Kevin), and Tyler Eaton (Ashley); great grandmother (“GiGi”) of Gavin, Janelle, Lily, Bryce, Grayson, Knox, Rocco, and Maggie; and a friend to many. Above all, Joye’s life was defined by sharing joy in Christ, devotion to her family, and teaching.

Joye was a special lady. She was born with a twinkle in her eye on January 6, 1935 in Aurora, Indiana to Rev. Emil and Edna Barbara Brinkman. She graduated from Academy High School in Erie, PA (‘52) and then attended Nyack College, where she met her beloved husband, Ted. Even though she had vowed not to marry a Pastor, Ted was special enough to change her mind.

Joye and Ted were a dynamic couple, devoted to each other and their ministry in the Christian & Missionary Alliance. Joye was the perfect partner to Ted with her warm hospitality and her great, spunky sense of humor that allowed her to engage with all people and bring smiles in the most needed times. They led four churches in Pennsylvania and Ohio. In 1985, Ted was elected as the District Superintendent of the Mid-Atlantic District where he served four three-year terms, with Joye by his side. After serving in that role, Joye and Ted moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to spend time with family and for Ted to serve as a Pastor at Allegheny Center Alliance Church.

In addition to being a great support to Ted during their years of ministry, Joye was passionate about teaching young people and was a leader in her own right. She was a true inspiration to others and was often called upon to share her wisdom at womens’ and ministry events. Teaching was Joye’s calling in life. She taught in the public and private sector for over 25 years – including, kindergarten while they lived in Erie, PA; preschool at Crestmont Childcare Center in Hopewell, PA; Damascus Preschool in Germantown, MD; and Sunday school at each of their churches. She built long-lasting friendships with her fellow teachers and influenced the lives of her countless students. Joye strove for excellence in everything she did and she inspired that in her family and her students. She would do anything to make her “kids” laugh. In fact, she decided it was time to retire when she was in her 70s, because she could no longer do a somersault with the kids.

Joye was so proud of her family. She enjoyed spending time with her daughters, Pam and Susie, and their families in Phoenix and Pittsburgh. She loved watching her grandchildren and then great-grandchildren play sports, ride horses, and excel in school and their careers. She was a great supporter of all that her “kids” loved to do. And, they adored her, too.

Joye was loved and admired by many, demonstrated by her decades-long friendships from her various walks of life. She often spent time with friends who lived near and traded letters and phone calls with those who lived far. Joye was very appropriately named as she brought joy to all who were blessed to know her. She leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories.

The family plans a private service according to Joye’s wishes. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the “Mock Memorial” scholarship to be used for Allegheny Center Alliance Church students attending Nyack College or Alliance Theological Seminary.

Professional services provided by the MCCONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 447 Pine St., Hookstown, Pa. 15050.

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