Frances Joy Stocking, age 84, passed away surrounded by her children, on November 21, 2022. She was a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado for 19 years. Frances Joy was born on July 14, 1938, to Frank Stocking and Frances (Krebs) Stocking in Chicago, Illinois, and was the first of three daughters. 

Joy was an avid reader and writer, well known for her quick wit and sense of humor. She also enjoyed playing the piano, researching her family history, and maintaining connections with her extended family and long held, deeply valued friendships. Joy was creative and talented not only in her writing and music, but also with cooking, sewing, and her love of language, to name just a few of her life’s passions. Joy graduated from North Park Academy High School in 1956 and attended Kendall College. She raised her five children in Wonder Lake, Illinois.

Joy will be dearly missed by her loving children, Todd Dass, Keith (Carmen) Dass, Heidi (Jeff) Martin, and Dana Erin Jenkins; her sisters, Bonnie (Bob) Mills and Wendy (Larry) Young; her grandchildren Frances Martin, Sarah Claire Martin, James “Jamie” Jenkins, Wesley Jenkins, Catcher Jenkins, and Axl Jenkins; her seven nieces and nephews and their many children.  In addition to her parents, Joy was preceded in death by her son, James “Jamie” Dass and daughter-in-law, Kim Dass.

A memorial service and inurnment will be held at a later date, where she will rest in heavenly peace next to her beloved son, Jamie, at Windridge Memorial Park in Cary, Illinois.

Memorials in Joy’s name may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities Inc., 26345 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1263 (

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  1. Thinking of Aunt Joy and all her family. Much love, Emily

  2. Remembering Joy, lovingly.

  3. So fortunate to have had Joy in my life… all my life…

  4. Remembering my dear Aunt Joy, with the comforting voice, who made me feel safe (age 8 years old) during my stay with the Dass’s on Wonder Lake , circa 1975 ( my first solo airplane trip). Rest in peace, Aunt Joy.

  5. Much love to the greatest Mum her children and grandchildren, sisters and brothers could ever have dreamed of.

  6. Today 2 days after Christmas I decided to call Joy and up came her obituary. My sadness was overcome with joy remembering the talks on the phone and a special trip we made together when she moved from Il to colarado. She rented a van, I drove and we trekked across the country. Todd met us when we arrived. We never forgot to say I love you. Joy was my friend.

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