Joey, 44, was born March 26, 1977 in Manteca, Calif., to Jimmy and Judi McCraw. During high school she lettered in swimming and soccer, and graduated in 1995 from Manteca High.
After graduation Joey stayed in Manteca where she began her proud life of motherhood; first in 1997 with her son Devon, followed by her daughter Lacy six years later. They were the sole light of her life for 18 months, when in 2004, and after first meeting 11 years prior, she reunited with Ansel Glendenning.
In June 2008, Joey, Ansel, Devon, and Lacy became one family under God at a beautiful wedding ceremony in Newcastle, Calif. Joey quickly fell in love with being a Navy wife, and she cherished the extended friends and families she met in Whidbey Island, Wash., followed by Poquoson, Va., and recently back to Whidbey again.
During these moves she spent many hours learning the art of cooking, the green thumb of gardening, and the joy of canning and preserving the fruits of her labors. Joey shared these passion projects with her family and friends by not only gifting her jams, jellies, and all sorts of other goodies; she also would teach anyone who wanted to learn as she considered everyone a friend.
Many hours were spent over pots of simmering sauces, boiling pots of water, and the popping sound of metal lids cooling on the counter.
Joey’s three proudest moments were becoming a Navy wife with Ansel, a Navy mom with Devon and Lacy’s upcoming Class of 2021 graduation in June.
On March 31, 2021, Joey was reunited in Heaven with Jimmy, her daddy, whom she missed dearly.
Joey is survived by her endearing husband of 13 years Ansel, their son Devon McCraw and daughter Lacy McCraw-Glendenning. She is also survived by her mother Judi McCraw; older sister Tami De Jong; and older brother Dustin McCraw.
Her final resting place will be on the mountain, that she loved so much.
A Celebration of Life will be at 11 a.m., Saturday April 17 at Grace Community Church, 29470 SR 20, Oak Harbor WA 98277. Another service in West Point, Calif., will be announced at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Joey Glendenning Memorial Fund at Grace Community Church.