Joy Johnston-Madison

July 15, 1962 ~ May 25, 2021 (age 58)


Joy P Johnston-Madison of Modesto, CA passed away Monday, May 25, 2021 at Doctor's Medical Center after battling cancer.  A gathering of remembrance will take place on Thursday, Jun 3, 2021 from 4pm until 7pm at Franklin and Downs Funeral Home in Modesto.

Joy was born July 15, 1962 in Dickinson, ND to Donald and Merry Johnston.  She was raised in Dickinson and later went on to complete her undergraduate degree from Purdue University followed by her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota.

In 2003, Joy was united in marriage to William (Bill) Madison.  Joy and Bill shared a passion for music and also caring for their rescue dogs. Joy was very well known for her culinary skills, her quilts and her contagious laughter.  She looked forward to Mo Band every year and playing small gigs when there was a bari sax needed.  Joy immensely enjoyed spending time with her nephew, niece and step grandchildren.

Joy's career included being past Legal Counsel for Fisher Industries in Dickinson, Executive Director of the Greater North Dakota Association, Executive Director for Partners in Progress in Ottumwa, IA, President/CEO of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce and was most recently working as an Executive Director with the Manufacturers Council of the Central Valley.  Joy was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Rotary, MoBand and many other groups.

Joy is survived by her husband William, brother Joe (Becky) Johnston in Littleton, CO; step-daughter Christi (Henry) Blaskowski in Hilton Head, SC; nephew Andrew Johnston; niece Adrianna Johnston; step granddaughters Erin and Breanna, step grandsons Reese and Ethan and step great grandson Sammy. She was preceded in death by her parents and step-daughter Elysia.

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