Joy has enjoyed living in University City, Missouri almost her entire life. She was married to Larry Lieberman, a 29-year city council member, for nearly 62 years and is the mother of five, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of 2+ and mother to the sweetest dog in the world, Bagel.
Joy served for 24 years on the University City Board of Education and a school building is named in her honor. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Missouri School Boards’ Association, the National School Boards Association Federal Relations Network, the Executive Committee of the Cooperating School Districts of St. Louis County, the Governing Council of St. Louis County Special School District, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and on the Board of U. City in Bloom and the Board of the University City Public Library. She was inducted into the Order of Distinguished Older Missourians and is in the University City High School of Fame. She has been employed by Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis since 1988.