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Joyce Joan Sowers


Joyce Joan Sowers, 80, of Bellefontaine, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Wexner Medical Center, Columbus.

Joyce was born at home Aug. 14, 1932, the middle child of the late Albert Monroe and Helen Marie Lauffer Moore.

On Easter Sunday, April 18, 1954, between the sunrise service and worship service, the Rev. Keith McNeill united Joyce with John Fred Sowers, who preceded her in death Oct. 26, 2006. She also was preceded in death by her youngest son, John Albert Sowers, on Nov. 26, 1982, from a car accident; and three grandchildren, John “Jack” and Daniel Sowers, on Dec. 27, 1988, and Faith Rose Amey, on Oct. 10, 1989.

Joyce is survived by two loving sisters, Dorothy (Bob) Notestine of Bellefontaine and Janet (Don) Dearing of Kenton; several nieces and nephews; two children, David (Joey) Sowers of Delaware and Deborah (Kent) Amey of Bellefontaine; six grandchildren, Courtney (Jon) Stangel of Troy, Kelly Sowers of Buffalo, N.Y., 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 Club, 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, 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.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine. The Rev. Mike Valentine officiates a funeral at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the First Christian Church, Bellefontaine. Burial follows in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charities of the donors’ choices.

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