Sunday, March 13, 2016
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
Life Story Funeral Homes - Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren
120 South Woodhams Street
Plainwell, MI 49080
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Life Story / Obituary
Joyce was born on March 18, 1929 to Alfa and Hazel Van Antwerp at the farm house in Cooper Center. She mentioned her biggest chore was fetching the cows from their daytime grazing field down by the gravel pit.
She attended Cooper Elementary and graduated from Plainwell High School- 1947. She was a cheerleader and Majorette. She and Harry met each other through 4-H and attended youth group meetings at the Cooper Congregational Church. They got married on August 17, 1947 and were happily married for 38 years before Harry passed away in 1985.
Joyce had so many special friends that spent so much time together they were called the “Cooper Slick Chicks”. After having 4 children Dennis, Garland, Judy and Bradley the family moved to Lake Worth, FL in 1958 to partner with Harry’s Uncle George and started the G & H Appliance Repair. In 1965 Joyce joined Harry working at the G & H Appliance together till they moved to Trenton, FL. Joyce was a bookkeeper in Gainesville, FL and retired a few years later. Mom purchased her little red Acura sports car with a spoiler and traveled from FL to TN to VA to WV to MI to IL to see all her family and friends for 6 months out of the year. Mom even had the opportunity to travel to Europe 4 times with family and friends. Mom would go wherever she was needed and just loved it. Mom was passionate about praying for each one of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on her knees every night. She loved Popcorn, Cooking (even wrote her own Cookbook – “One Can Not Survive on Popcorn Alone”) to honor her Mother, Father and Husband. Part of her acknowledgement in the cookbook was especially for her Granddaughters. She wanted them to know and have the recipes for some of their Grandpa and Grandma favorite foods, so they could share them with their families someday. Mom thanked her grandsons for always enjoying her cooking and encouraging her when she was visiting at their homes to fix them something special like garlic bread or even a fried egg sandwich. She loved doing her annual Christmas Letters. Mom was so sensitive to other people’s feelings, she never wanted to upset anyone. Mom even divided Christmas money so that each child got the same number of presents and spent the same total amount on each. She does not have an enemy in the world. Everyone who has ever met her thinks of her fondly. Most of all, Mom loved her family and treasured the times when they could be together especially during Holidays. Some of her fondest memories were when we had family reunions that were hosted by nieces Marilyn, Barb, Bonnie and nephew Jack. She was proud of her children and their spouses, Dennis (Sue), Garland (Cathy), Judy (Don) and Bradley (Deborah), adored her grandchildren, April, Amber, Trevor, Tania, Tracy, Trina, Trenton, Dawn, Fallyn, Stacey and Adam. Great grandchildren, Jaden, Paxton, Elijah, Grayson, Josiah, Micah, Caleb, Shiyloh, Karis, Titus, Kaylin, Ian, Christian, Allison, Reed, Regan, Riley, Ryder, Madison, Peyton and Francois. Mom’s family always came first.