Joyce E. Young, age 79, longtime resident of Ovid, passed from this life, to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Ovid Federated Church. A funeral service will then be led by Rev. Rob Mellgard at 11 a.m. Prayers of committal will be held privately at Ovid Union Cemetery in Ovid.
In lieu of flowers, kindly honor Joyce by donating to the South Seneca Ecumenical Food Pantry, c/o OFC, P.O. Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521.
Joyce was born in Geneva on March 24, 1938, the only daughter of the late Raymond and Marion E. (nee Sutterby) Christopher. She was a graduate of Mynderse Academy and was married to Richard M. Young on August 6, 1955. Once their family was in school, Joyce worked at Willard Psychiatric Center as a therapy aide until her retirement in 1994. She was a ladies auxiliary member of the American Legion Post #463 and Auxiliary #72 – Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, in addition to being a lifelong member of the Tyre United Methodist Church. Joyce and Richard opened their home to family and friends, along with many four-legged visitors; she was a genuine cat lover.
She is survived by her children Michelle E. Langley of Interlaken, Tina (John) Anderson of Amarillo, Texas, Richard F. Young of Enfield and Pat Young of Amarillo, Texas; grandchildren Greg, Nicole, Ethan, Christopher, Shantel, Haley, Shandrea, Ashley, Roger; 17 great-grandchildren; her brother, Jon (Lynne) Christopher of San Antonio, Texas; longtime family companion, Betty J Baker; her dear cousins Alan (Tootie) Sutterby and Glen (Mary) Sutterby and her husband’s extended family.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, in 2006, and by her brother, Fred Christopher, and cousin, Jim Sutterby.