Joyce Marjory Ireland Church

May 17, 1922 – April 11, 2021

Obituary For Joyce Marjory Ireland Church

Mrs. Joyce Marjory Ireland Church, age 98, of Douglasville, Georgia, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021. She was born May 17, 1922 in England. Mrs. Church worked for and retired from JC Penney as a retail buyer. She was a very thoughtful and caring woman, who never missed a birthday, was an avid letter writer to family and friends and always helped others before herself. Mrs. Church loved people, traveling and spending time gardening. She was very involved in her church and sang in the choir. She was a member of Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Irondequoit, New York.
Mrs. Church was preceded in death by her husbands, Bernard Rubley and Christopher Church; her son, Michael Rubley and her sister, Doreen Ireland Garland.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Doreen and Scott Wilson of Douglasville; numerous grandchildren.
As per her wishes, Mrs. Church will be cremated and services will be held in New York at a later date. .
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at Jones-Wynn Funeral Home of Douglasville is in charge of the arrangements 770-942-2311.

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Joyce and I met in Hawaii. Since then, she has sent me a greeting card every year. My favorite memory of Joyce is that she gave me rocks as a gift. She learned that I like stones, so she collected various kinds of stones and sent them to me. I cherish them very much. Joyce has given me so many good memories. Thank you for everything you have done for me.
– Taiko Ajiro
Joyce was an amazing lady, we sang together in the church choir and she alway had a sharp wit.She delighted in church and loved to attend all of the functions we had there. She will be missed. Mark and Kathy Freese
– Mark Freese
I have many great memories of my Grandma Church. She took me on my first trip to Niagara Falls which was an incredible sight (although I had no idea my shoes would get soaked on the Maid of the Mist — lesson learned). She was pretty much insistent on me eating breakfast every morning I stayed at her house. One of the few places I ate SPAM. Grandma loved to play card games and can’t recall a day where hot tea was not being consumed. She lived a truly great life. Her passing has been difficult to absorb — I am still a work-in-progress. My heart still hurts. I love you Grandma and miss you. RIP
– Keith Wilson
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Prayers for comfort and peace. Melanie Stir
– Melanie Stir
Joyce was a dear friend and neighbor for over 30 years. She will be missed by many who have been touched by her kindness. My memories of Joyce is seeing her every morning out in her yard tending to her gardens or tackling any weeds that had the audacity to grow in her lawn. Mid-day, she would be enjoying her lunch and tea in the backyard and would often invite me over for tea and chitchat. Joyce was always finding homes for her plants and if I threw once out, it would end up being planted in her yard. Joyce was one-of-a-kind and will be sorely missed.
– Carol Smereski
It has been a pleasure knowing Joyce aka. 2nd mom. I have enjoyed being around her and she was a great traveling buddy. I enjoyed visiting her home in New York and visiting Niagara Falls. We had many vacations together. She always was a ball of energy. She loved working in her beautiful garden. I will miss her terribly. I give my love and prayers to her daughter Doreen and her family. What a lovely angle heaven has. I will truly miss her.
– Carlene McCarty
We were good friends of Joyce’s when she still lived in her Rochester home. As she needed a bit of help, we offered it. When she lost power during winter storms, we picked her up to stay with us until her power returned. Oh, the stories she told us about surviving WWII! Fascinating! We learned no much about her during her stay – like how that tiny little woman could eat! I’ve no idea where she put it all. She had a wonderful, full life and had a real eye for choosing the most wonderful husbands. She never lost her English love of a good “cuppa,” She strengthened our church by working hard at everything there and donated food regularly to our local food cupboard, remembering tougher times during the War. She never missed a service but was sometimes late in the winter – because she had to shovel the snow from her driveway first – even when she was 90! We will greatly miss our friend Joyce, who was a good woman with a huge heart.
– Gary and Penny Hetzer

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