Joy Ann Espeleta
Departed on December 15, 2021 in Rockledge, Florida
It is with great sadness we announce that Joy Ann Espeleta, 74, of Melbourne, passed away on Wednesday December 15, 2021. Joy is survived by her daughter Julie (Mowder) Emerson’ her son Todd Mowder and his wife Christina; four grandchildren Taylor, Eric, Matthew and Kerissa Mowder; granddaughter-in-law Jackie Paradis-Mowder; great granddaughter Ellie Mowder; and brother James Ambos. Joy was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Evelyn Ambos and her children’s father Jack Mowder.
Born in Menominee, MI on September 3, 1947, Joy moved to Melbourne with her parents and brother in 1954. She graduated 9th in her class from Melbourne High School and attended the University of Florida for a short tine before beginning her career with the Department of Defense as a GS-s on July 11, 1966 at Patrick AFB, Florida where she met and married Airman Jack Mowder. Divorced in 1980, Joy raised two children and traveled the world while advancing her career as a military logistics specialist with the Air Force, then the Army, working and living in Florida, North Carolina, Panama, the Philippines, Okinawa, Korea, Texas, Kuwait, and Northern Virginia. She retired as a GS-14 at Ft. Belvoir, VA on October 3, 2007 an moved back to Melbourne in 2009. (continued further):
Family and friends will meet at a later date for a ceremony to scatter Joy’s ashes in the Atlantic Ocean where the ashes of her parents were scattered. In lieu of flowers, a donation on memory of Ms. Espeleta can be made to the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research: NETRF, P.O. Box 170662, Boston, MA 02117 Link.