Joy Pajares (Zara) Lee, 91, passed away May 15, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward. A. Pajares and Ina Calico Pajares. She is survived by her brother, Edward Pajares, Jr., her children, Maria Z. Van Tilburg and Salvador A. Zara; and her grandchild, Max W. Van Tilburg. Joy was an accomplished and avid folk dancer, traveling to study and perform in Europe and South America, as well as the United States. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial gathering at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, LA on Friday, May 24, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.