In Memory

Joye Frost

Jill Gardner in Austin reports that Joye Frost has passed away in Washington, D.C. Obituary published in the Austin American-Statesman. 

FROST, Joye Ellen Joye Ellen Frost, 66, from the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C., died on March 12, 2018, in that city that she so loved, after a prolonged, valiant struggle with cancer. Born June 3, 1951, in Weatherford, Texas, to Jack A. Frost and Maurine Fowler Frost, she and the Frost family grew up in several Texas towns: Falfurrias, Alpine, Weslaco, Abilene, and Georgetown.

After graduating from high school in Abilene, Joye earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Health Services Management from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Joye Frost began her professional career as a Child Protective Services caseworker in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and went on to work in the victim assistance, healthcare and disability advocacy fields for more than 35 years in the United States and Europe.

She met and married Robert J Whatley, a warrant officer in the United States Army, in Germany, where her only child, a cherished son, Aaron J. Whatley, was born. In 1998, Joye moved to Washington D.C., where she launched a distinguished career with the Office for Victims of Crime. She began her career as a Program Specialist, and was promoted to Principal Deputy Director and Acting Director; then, in 2013, President Barack Obama appointed Joye as the OVC Director.

Dealing with the aftermath of a divorce, it is also in Washington, D.C. that she met her life partner and soul mate, Al Stewart, a Director at the United States Department of Labor. Joye Ellen Frost believed in and lived public service, and she did so with formidable energy and commitment. There are many people in this country who have been victims of crime, or who will be in the future, who will never know the debt that they owe to Joye's courageous, visionary, and compassionate leadership.

Joye brought that same courage and resilience to her battle against cancer, and maintained her wit, humor and humanity in its relentless face for over four years. Joye is survived by her son, Aaron Whatley of Austin; Al Stewart, her soul mate and partner of Washington, DC; father, Jack Andrew Frost of Georgetown; mother, Maurine (Monnie) Frost of Hewitt; siblings, Jack Andrew Jr. (Louanne) Frost of Austin; Christopher James (Kathy) Frost of Austin; Gay Lynn (Ronald) Robles of Seguin; Merrie Maurine (Marilyn Eppich) Frost of Cleveland Heights, OH; Sophia Koen of Los Angeles, CA; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, extended family, friends, and co-workers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, at

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Mar. 25 to Apr. 1, 2018

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03/06/19 11:08 PM #1    

Janet Weeth (Weeth)

Joye, we are lessened by your death. You were certainly a star of the Cooper Class of 1969. We will miss you. May your grieving family find peace.

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