Joyce Dean "Joy" Tanner, aged 88, of Russellville, AR, peacefully passed away on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Stonebridge Assisted Living in Russellville. She was born on November 1, 1935, in De Queen, the beloved daughter of J.O. Stinnett and LaVenia (McCauley) Stinnett.\n\nJoy's journey in healthcare began when she graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Hot Springs in 1959. Her passion for nursing led her to a remarkable 50+ year career as a registered nurse. It was during this time that she crossed paths with the love of her life, and on November 7th, 1959, she married Gene Tanner, and entered into a lifelong journey of love and companionship.\n\nJoy was a devoted member of the Church of Christ, finding solace and strength in her faith. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Alonzo Eugene "Gene" Tanner, her parents, and three brothers, Carl, Harold, and Don Stinnett.\n\nShe is survived by her loving sons, Tony Tanner and Beverly Townsley of Westminster, Maryland, and Tim Tanner and wife Lori Tanner of Russellville. She leaves behind a legacy through her five grandchildren: Danielle and Tom Jefferies of Columbia, Maryland, Dana and Tony Zarro of Westminster, Maryland, as well as Alexis, Blake, and Braden Tanner of Russellville, Arkansas. Her memory is also carried on by her four great-grandchildren: Roman, Athena Zarro, Nora, and Mia Jefferies, all residing in Maryland. She is further survived by her sisters, Kathleen Miller of Rainbow City, Alabama, and Sue and Dean Tollett of Locksburg, Arkansas, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.\n\nJoy's love for her family knew no bounds. She excelled as a wife, mother, mentor, and friend, always putting others before herself. Her compassionate nature extended into her professional life, where she dedicated herself to caring for others in various healthcare settings, including clinics, public health departments, long-term care facilities, and home health. Joy's patients benefited greatly from her unwavering commitment to their well-being.\n\nBeyond her healthcare career, Joy had a deep passion for college basketball, particularly cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks. She cherished her involvement with the Red Hat Ladies group, relishing outings with her fellow members. Joy's culinary talents were a source of delight for family and friends, as she took immense pleasure in preparing delicious meals that brought joy to those around her. Joy's absence will be profoundly felt by all who had the privilege of knowing and loving her.\n\nA Funeral Service in her honor will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at Humphrey Chapel in Russellville, officiated by Jim Bob Humphrey. Prior to the service, a Visitation will take place on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at the funeral home from noon until 2:00 PM. Burial will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 25, 2024, at Shiloh Cemetery near Amity, AR, conducted by Humphrey Funeral Service. At the service, Nurses Honors will be provided by The Pope County and Clark County Chapter of the Arkansas Nurses Honor Guard.\n\nThe family expresses their heartfelt gratitude for the exceptional care provided by the staff of Stonebridge Assisted Living and Gentiva Hospice. Memorials may be made to The Arkansas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org/Arkansas or the UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation, idhi.uams.edu/, honoring Joy's memory and her enduring spirit of compassion and care.