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In loving memory of
Joy Martinez
  • May 16, 1963
  • -
  • January 31, 2020

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Joy was born in Windham, CT where she graduated from Windham High School and went on to graduate from the University of Connecticut with a BS degree. During both high school and college, Joy was an avid softball and volleyball player where she won many State Championships and was granted a sports scholarship.

Joy spent many years as a substitute teacher in the Canterbury, CT school system. She then went on to work at Mohegan Sun and ended her working career back in education as Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of schools in Chaplin, CT.

Once retiring and moving to The Villages, Joy could be found working as a lobby host or playing softball / water volleyball. There was not a day that went by where she was not playing sports or tanning by the pool in the Village of Charlotte. For those who were fortunate enough to know Joy, all would concur she had an infectious personality, love of life, humor that is hard to come by and a contagious smile.

Joy is survived by her daughter Taylor Martinez of Canterbury, CT, partner Arthur Richard of The Villages, parents Christopher and Kristine Contos, brother Chris Contos, aunts Dorothy Contos and Ruth Mead all of the Villages, niece and two nephews Calla, Hunter, and Cullan Contos of Windham Center, CT and numerous cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on March 14, 2020 at Colony Recreation Center from 2pm – 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joy’s name to Cornerstone Hospice House in The Villages or the Sumter Humane Society in Lake Panasoffkee.


March 14, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Colony Recreation Center
510 Colony Blvd, The Villages, FL 32162
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  1. 20 Feb 2020
    Maureen Stimpson says:
    God Bless you Joy on your journey home. We played softball together for Auto Electric. I played right field and Joy played second base. Joy was so talented a player. She loved every part of the game . She worked hard every practice. My most vivid memories are Mr. Edwards , in his deep southern accent saying “come on now Joy, get two” and she would turn that double play . The second memory is Mr. Contos rolling into the parking lot minutes before the games at Gauthier, in his business suit to watch the game, no every game. He never missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Joy’s daughter and the extended Contos family.
    Maureen Cox -Stimpson

  2. 19 Feb 2020
    Stu Holloway says:
    You will not be forgotten. Your spirit and joy for life were infectious to all who had contact with you. Rest in Peace.
    You had the best arm on The Charlotte Sharks. My sincerest condolences to Art, Taylor, and the Contos Family.

    Your Double Play Combo Partner,

  3. 12 Feb 2020
    Carlos Rivera lit a candle:
    Lit since February 12, 2020 at 2:56:00 PM

  4. 12 Feb 2020
    Robyn Caisse-Herrera says:
    Sweet cousin, although our lives took distant paths, you will always be loved and remembered with the fondest of memories. May God be with you and help to comfort your loved ones.

    Rest in peace Joy.

    Robyn Caisse-Herrera

  5. 12 Feb 2020
    Sheryl Knudson-Gutzeit says:
    I had the pleasure of going to high school with joy. She was a beautiful person inside and out . A very sincere person to all her friends . Sending my prayers to the family .

  6. 11 Feb 2020
    Lori Plesz says:
    I went to high school with Joy. So sorry for your loss!!! I remember that big smile!!! May you find comfort and peace in the days ahead.

  7. 10 Feb 2020
    Gerry LeBeau says:
    I had the privilege of working with Joy. She was a very happy go lucky young lady. She will be missed by many. My prayers go out to all her family. May you RIP my friend.

  8. 09 Feb 2020
    Laurie Taylor lit a candle:
    Lit since February 9, 2020 at 2:34:16 PM

  9. 09 Feb 2020
    Laurie Taylor says:
    My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to the Contos family. Joy was always so vibrant with an infectious smile. We went to high school together and were teammates on the volleyball team. Always an adventure with Joy. She could make quarter courts seem fun! She was a gifted, tough athlete. Peace to you all. Laurie (Serwanski) Taylor

  10. 07 Feb 2020
    Nancy R Francis says:
    I was one of Joy's Windham High School softball teammates from 1978-1981. We lived the exciting adventures of State Champions & League Champions during that time but mostly were were a bunch of kids having fun playing ball. Joy was and will be remembered as an irrepressible spirit and a gifted athlete.
    Senior year we were playing out in Simsbury and my elderly grandfather came to the game. He was sitting with my Dad in the bleachers behind first base. During pre-game warmups, Joy (our shortstop) fired one to Chirs Donnelly (1st base). The throw went high and it hit my grandfather. He rubbed it off and leaned over to my dad and said something I couldn't hear. Dad roared with laughter. When I came in from the field I checked to see if Nonno was ok and asked what he had said. Dad told me Nonno was impressed and said "That girl has a hell of an arm!" to him in Italian. He was right.
    The thoughts and prayers of the Aramini & Francis Families are with you. xoxo, Muff

  11. 07 Feb 2020
    Nancy Francis posted an image:
    One of many times Joy represented Windham Softball in the Newspapers
    One of many times Joy represented Windham Softball in the Newspapers

  12. 07 Feb 2020
    Nancy Francis posted an image:
    Robin Savageau, Joy, Nancy “Muff” Aramini (Francis), Maureen Sayers, Chris Donnelly... teammates having fun at Rocky Neck May 1980
    Robin Savageau, Joy, Nancy “Muff” Aramini (Francis), Maureen Sayers, Chris Donnelly... teammates having fun at Rocky Neck May 1980

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