When an unknown author once remarked “No cowboy was ever faster on the draw than a grandparent pulling a baby picture out of a wallet”, he might well have been talking about Joyce. Regardless of the situation she was always ready to share photos and talk about her granddaughter. And while it’s true that when Niera came into this world a grandmother was born, Joyce had always been that loving with all of her family. By the age of thirteen she’d already taken on many grown up responsibilities after her own mother passed. Later, while raising her daughter on her own she took on the roles of both a mother and a father, and no day was complete unless she was there to see her granddaughter. Her heart was big enough to teach them all how to love. But, she also knew how to have a good time. She loved to dance, and did the jitterbug everywhere from the Steel Pier in AC to when she was washing dishes in her kitchen. This would later give her the opportunity to embarrass her daughter during her teen years and to be dazzled by Niera’s dance recitals. Her younger days included completing a degree in Cosmetology, which she used for many years while working as a stylist. At her home in Delran she was fast to share her many delights from the kitchen, including the recipes. But it was best to arrive hungry, if two were coming Joyce cooked for ten.
Joyce is survived by her daughter, Krista Stults and her granddaughter, Niera. She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews.
Come celebrate Joyce’s 64 loving and laughter filled years (June 11, 1950-Oct. 26, 2014) Thursday from 9 AM at St. Stephen’s Church, 324 Bridgeboro St., Riverside, where the service will be at 10 am. Interment at Lakeview Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made toward Niera’s future education. Gifts may be made to directly to Niera, courtesy of the Sweeney Funeral Home, 337 Bridgeboro St., Riverside, NJ 08075.