Joyce Beverly Jordan Russell, 85, of 12383 Route 957, Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, went home to be with the Lord on March 11, 2013, at her residence, surrounded by her family and friends.
She was born January 5, 1928, in Garland, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Emory and Genevieve (Mitchell) Jordan.
Joyce was a graduate of Lottsville High School in 1945 and OraJean Beauty School in Erie, Pennsylvania. She began working as a cosmetologist at the age of 15 for a variety of salons in New York before opening Joyce’s Beauty Shop in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania. She worked as a licensed cosmetologist for more than 65 years.
Joyce was an active, long term member of the Sugar Grove First Presbyterian Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Sugar Grove AmVets #50. She also served as a member of the Warren County School Board. One of her greatest missions in life was to assist those who were in need. Her generosities touched many hearts.
Joyce was a treasured daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend. Her home was always filled with love, life, and laughter. Her travels took her from the hills of Sugar Grove to the grandeur of Alaska, Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone, Hawaii, and Europe. Her greatest solace, however, was when she could sit and enjoy watching the activities on the farm.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Norman Russell, whom she married July 19, 1947, and who died January 28, 2005; and her soninlaw, Gary Fosberg who died December 11, 1995, ten siblings; Carol, Shirley, and Lawrence Jordan, Marge Kibbey, Ruth Moniak, Jean Briggs, Janet Frank, Howard Jordan, Charles Jordan, and Richard Jordan.
Surviving are three children: Jane Russell Fosberg of Jamestown, New York, Robert (Lee Ann) Russell of Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, and Bradley (Karen) Russell of Corry, Pennsylvania, five grandchildren: Randy (Christine) Fosberg of Jamestown, New York, Jennifer Russell of Chicago, Illinois, Jordan Russell, Finleyville, Pennsylvania, Ryan Russell, Erie, Pennsylvania, Aubrey Richir, Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, and three, step grandchildren: Amy Dollinger, Gregory Rushin, and Kimberly Rushin, two greatgrandchildren: Natalie and Ella Fosberg, seven siblings: Autumn Goldsmith of Jamestown, Lenore Schepper of Arizona, Lois Inter of Delaware, Jim Jordan of Bear Lake, Jack (Lynn) Jordan of Sugar Grove, Robert (Christine) Jordan of Corry, and Sally(Don) Frank of Sugar Grove, and many nieces, nephews, friends, extended family Dan and Anne Ferman.
Family and friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at the First Presbyterian Church in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, and one hour prior to a funeral service that will be held there on Friday, March 15 at 2 p.m., with the Pastor Nancy Page officiating. Burial will follow in the Lottsville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sugar Grove Presbyterian Church, PO Box 278, Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania 16350 or Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, Pennsylvania 16365.
“We thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and days before that too. We think of you in silence, we often speak your name. All we have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake, with which we’ll never part. God has you in His keeping, we have you in our hearts.”
The Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 314 N. Main St., Youngsville has been entrusted with all arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome. net.