Joyce V. ByerJoyce V. Byer, 83 passed away Saturday, May7 14, 2011. She was born on September 25, 1927 in Jamestown, New York. She grew up in Celoron, New York near beautiful Lake Chautauqua. She moved to Buffalo where she worked as a waitress and attended Buffalo University. She married Basil S. Byer on October 20, 1956 in Buffalo, New York. They had two children; John V. and Kathleen (Kathy) A. Joyce was an avid reader and enjoyed hosting parties for her many friends. She was known for her generosity, always helping the underdog. Joyce would never turn away someone who needed help. When her mother needed assistance, Joyce moved her mother across country into her home and provided care for her for nearly twenty years. Every year, she would make up Ã¢â‚¬Å“survival kitsÃ¢â‚¬Â to give to homeless people at Christmas time. After her husband died she started a widowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s club-meeting once a month to discuss issues and provide emotional support. Joyce was a member of Miriam Chapter No. 14, Order of the Easter Star and Lybia Temple No. 32, Daughters of the Nile. She served in various positions and enjoyed the many friendships she shared there. She was admired by many for her courage, perseverance, and fierce independence. After becoming an amputee at 79, she fought passionately to stay independent and live in her own home. She will be missed by many. She is survived by her daughter Kathy Wentzell, son-in-law Doug, and the joy of her life, grandson Christian. She was preceded in death by her husband, son and lifelong friend, Dolly Dashem.The family would like to thank her many neighbors for all of their assistance over the last few years, especially Ralph and Nellene Burnside and Callie Bick. Thanks to her Comfort Keepers helpers with special thanks to Lynn Reichley and her Senior Companion, Sue Reynolds. Without their assistance she could not have remained in her home. Thank you. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Scottish Rite Learning Center of Ogden. Services will be held on Wednesday May 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at LeavittÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mortuary. 836 36th Street, Ogden. Friends may visit the family Tuesday, May 17, 2011 from 6-8 p.m., and one hour prior to services on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 also at the mortuary.
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am