Joyce Campbell 78, of Maywood, New Jersey, passed on August 18, 2019 during her yearly church convention trip that she looked forward to each and every year. Although she went to services weekly, these yearly convention trips brought her extra comfort and joy. She was on this trip with her last surviving sister (Rose). Joyce was a very faithful servant of our Lord and because of hat she loved and helped many people, friends, church brothers and sisters and especially her family.
Joyce lived her life as an example of someone who always cared for others and she represents the true meaning of selflessness. Some would say that she was too kind but that’s what God teaches us and that’s who she was. Her professional life’s work as a nurse for many years before she retired; echoed the theme of her life, which was serving the Lord by helping others.
Many of us only know Joyce as “Aunt Joyce” but that title doesn’t truly define who she was to so many of us. Although Joyce didn’t have children of her own, her many Nieces and Nephews were her children and many of us loved her as a mother. Although she loved all her brothers and sisters, the special bond she shared with her three sisters (Gloria, Ann & Rose) was undeniable and remarkable to witness. Joyce laughed as much as she loved and her sense of humor came out especially when the four sisters would get together and share stories about their past. Though they bickered and teased each other like any other siblings, they were always there for each other through the difficult times and their bond is everlasting.
Elara Verley was born on August 11, 2018, and it brought Aunt Joyce great joy to be able to help raise her great grandniece. Aunt Joyce’s last year helping to care for Elara left her filled with unconditional love, joy, wonder, amazement, and hope for Elara’s future. Less than two weeks ago Aunt Joyce was able to help celebrate Elara’s first birthday. Watching Aunt Joyce laugh and play with all the babies at the party highlights the true beauty and wonder of the circle of life; for each life that leaves a new one enters. It has been a blessing to have Aunt Joyce in our lives and her life has touched many and we will all miss her dearly until that faithful day when we all meet again.
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