Joyce Joan Sowers, 80, of Bellefontaine, passed away peacefully at OSU Medical Center on Monday, November 5, 2012.
The middle child, Joyce was born at home on August 14, 1932 to the late Albert Monroe and Helen Marie (Lauffer) Moore.
On Easter Sunday, April 18, 1954, between Sunrise Service and the Worship Service, the Rev. Keith McNeill united Joyce with John Fred Sowers who preceded her in death on October 26, 2006. Also preceding her in death is her youngest son, John Albert Sowers, on November 26, 1982 from a car accident; and three grandchildren, John “Jack” and Daniel Sowers on December 27, 1988, and Faith Rose Amey on October 10, 1989.
Joyce is survived by two loving sisters, Dorothy (Bob) Notestine of Bellefontaine and Janet (Don) Dearing of Kenton and several nieces & nephews. Also surviving are two children, David (Joey) Sowers of Delaware and Deborah (Kent) Amey of Bellefontaine. She is the grandmother of six grandchildren, Courtney (Jon) Stangel of Troy, Kelly Sowers of Buffalo, NY, Jay Sowers of Lima, Abby Sowers of Delaware, Rachel Joy Amey of Reynoldsburg and Allison (Doug Capehart) Amey of Groveport; and five great grandchildren, Austin, Cayden, Gabriel, and Ryleigh Stangel of Troy, and Claire Capehart of Groveport.
Joyce worked in various part-time jobs prior to and while raising her children; including Murphy’s Department Store, Sparks Auto Sales, Welcome Wagon Lady, Sears, Hammond Insurance, Hill & Hamilton Insurance, and Hallmark.
Along with raising children, Joyce enjoyed her membership in the Bellefontaine Professional Women, Surmefah, Mothers Club, The Emmaus Community, including a sharing group, a Euchre Club and Mended Hearts. She gave many years of volunteer work as a room parent for her children’s classrooms and the Mary Rutan Hospital Guild, beginning right out of high school as a candy striper and continuing until her health worsened. A life member of the First Christian Church of Bellefontaine, she was an Elder Emeritus as well as a member of the Faith Circle and the Fidelis Class within the church. Family activities were scheduled to include church friends, including the camping trips sponsored by the Pilot Class.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 on Thursday, November 8th at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine. The Rev. Mike Valentine will officiate at a 10:30 am funeral service on Friday, November 9th at the First Christian Church in Bellefontaine. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at: www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.