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Nancy Fulmer Joyce

July 16, 1948 August 1, 2018
Nancy Fulmer Joyce
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Nancy Fulmer Joyce departed this world on August 1st following a courageous three-year battle with plasma cell leukemia. During that fight, she maintained her famous sense of humor, laughing loud and often, never whining about her fate.
Nancy grew up in the Syracuse, NY area. She was a lifelong learner furthering her education and receiving various degrees from Elmira College, Syracuse University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University and UNC-Greensboro where she earned her Doctorate Degree. She worked in the Wilkes County Schools for more than 30 years as a teacher (receiving a “Teacher of the Year” award), psychologist, administrator, and school principal (receiving a “Principal of the Year” award). After a short hiatus, she hung out her shingle and practiced psychology. Her focus throughout her career was on “the child”, whose cause she always championed.
She was active in the community, served on various boards, volunteered at Hospice, and was a member and past president of the North Wilkesboro Rotary Club. She was a faithful member of St. John’s Catholic Church and taught Sunday School and served as a lector for many years. During her illness, in the comfort of her sunroom, she was grateful to share religious thoughts, while drinking Irish tea, with Sister Janis McQuade, SSJ. She played bridge, drank wine and giggled with her buds to the end.
Mostly, she loved her family- husband Dennis, sons Pat and Sean, her sisters, brothers and all other kith and kin. But she was wildly, deliriously happy to spend time with her beloved grandchildren, Connor, Ansley, and Emmett- Pat and Nikki’s brood. It is beyond a shadow of any reasonable doubt, Pat can attest, that she treated her grandkids far better, nicer, kinder and gentler than she did her own sons (“poor babies”) and her wonderful husband.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home on Monday, August 6th at 11:00AM with Father John Hanic presiding. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of Nancy F. Joyce, P.O. Box 98018, Washington, DC 20090-8018. Their website is:

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11:00 AM 8/6/2018 11:00:00 AM
Reins-Sturdiavant Chapel

270 Armory Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Reins-Sturdiavant Chapel
270 Armory Road North Wilkesboro 28659 NC
United States

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