Joy Skiles went home to be with Jesus on December 31, 2022. She leaves behind family and friends grieving her loss, but who celebrate with her as she now walks and runs, unhindered, in heaven.
Joy was born on December 12, 1967 in Chumporn Thailand to Vilai Srina and Punthep Tinrommuang. She grew up surrounded by family and friends active in serving the church. This love of people and care for family instilled in her by her parents guided her entire life. After high school, Joy attended and graduated from Ramkhamhaeng University and began a career working in Human Resources for various companies in Bangkok, Thailand. Her work, which often included arranging training seminars for companies around Thailand, naturally played into her desire to help others, as well as her love for travel and for organizing. Joy possessed renowned organizing skills that were obvious to all that entered her home or worked with her. Also, Joy regularly helped her father on mission work around Thailand. This is how she met a tall, long-haired, missionary from America named Josh. According to others on the mission trip, the two quickly, became an “item,” and they married a about a year later on October 7, 2006, in Bangkok, Thailand. Soon afterwards, Josh, Joy, and Jasmine moved to the United States, where Joy proudly became a United States citizen and Josh formally adopted Jasmine as his daughter.
Joy’s family soon grew to include two more girls, Naomi and Abigail. Joy loved her girls more than anything else in the world, and she devoted herself to creating and maintaining a beautiful home for her family. Indeed, despite her love for travel, Joy’s favorite place was at home, eating good food, and spending time with her husband and children. It was also at home that Joy enjoyed cheering on her lifelong favorite soccer team - the Liverpool Football Club. Game days at Joy’s house were legendary; lots of coaching and complaints from the couch, singing along to "You'll Never Walk Alone," and shouts of celebration with every Liverpool goal. Everyone in the family owned and sported Liverpool sportswear, orchestrated and matched by Joy. Her love of style and fashion showed in how she carefully curated beautiful outfits for her family.
Care and compassion for family also extended to compassion for people, especially the homeless, the working poor, and orphans. Ministering to those in need was a big part of Joy’s mission work in Thailand and after moving to the United States, Joy continued to help as best she knew how. While many, many, of us ignore those asking for help at street corners, Joy never did. Joy’s heart broke for the poor and destitute and she continually gave to those in need. Contrary to what you might expect, Joy’s love and compassion for others grew during her cancer treatment. In her final years, Joy never gave up in her battle with cancer, doing everything she could to give her family a happy life.
Joy is survived by her husband, Joshua Brisbin Skiles and their three children, Jasmine Skiles, Naomi Skiles, and Abigail Skiles. Her mother Vilai Srina, her father Punthep Tinrommuang, brother Joe S.Sereekul, sisters Jaye (Toshi) Wakayama and Joon S.Sereekul. Other family members include her father and mother-in-law, Barry and Faith Skiles, brothers-in-law, Jeffrey (Tiffany) Skiles and Christopher Skiles, and sister-in-law Dorothy (Chris) Conner.
We will be celebrating Joy’s life and invite family and friends to join us. We will have a visitation on January 8th from 4pm – 6pm at Ambrose Funeral Home of Arbutus. The funeral service will be the following day, January 9th at 11am, at Catonsville Assembly of God, 1928 Frederick Road, Catonsville. Burial will follow at Arbutus Memorial Park. If you can, we invite you to wear something pink, Joy’s favorite color.