We were saddened to learn of the death of Joy Beardsell on 30 October 2021. Joy was born on 12 December 1934 in Pretoria, South Africa, to Leonard and Hilda Barrett. On 7 August 1955, Joy married Dr Derek Beardsell and their union brought about Eileen, Beryl and Robert.
Joy entered denominational employment in 1954 as a secretary at Helderberg College. Most of her denominational employment was as a secretary – from 1956 for the East Africa Union; from 1967 for the Central Africa Union; from 1970 for Newbold College; from 1972 for the Voice of Prophecy; from 1974 for the British Union Conference; from 1976 for the Afro-Mideast Division; from 1981 for Andrews University; from 1986 for the Trans-European Division; from 1988 for the Pakistan Union and finally again at Newbold College from 1991.
Joy retired from active employment within the denomination in 1999. However, she continued to serve in volunteer roles in churches and the community in which she lived.
Sadly, Joy passed away on 30 October, leaving behind her children and wider family.
We now look forward to Christ's soon return and that glorious resurrection day.