Mrs. Joyce Kelly Stanford of Wilmington, DE and Ft. Myers, FL, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018 at the age of 95.
Joyce was born to parents Vivian and Gladys Kelly on July 7, 1923 in Kearny, NJ. She grew up in a family of 5 children and attended Kearny High School. After high school, she earned her LPN at Babies’ Hospital, Newark, NJ and worked for years in Dr. Syms’ office.
In 1947, she married her high school sweetheart, Thomas W. Bartholomew Stanford.
Joyce was a member of Thomas Edison Congregational Church in Ft. Myers for 38 years, where she sang in the choir and participated on various committees. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting and spending her summers in the Catskills.
Joyce is survived by her son, Wayne (Peg) and her two grandchildren, Mark (Kristen) and Dana, sister-n-law Ann Kelly and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; her siblings and their spouses: Lawrence (Lill), Edith Blisard (Al), Russell (Doris) and Nelson.
The family wishes to extend its gratitude for taking such wonderful care of Joyce to the staff at Wilmington Hospital’s ACE unit and St. Francis Compassionate Care Hospice.
The visitation will be on Sunday, July 29th from 1pm – 2pm at McCrery & Hara Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. A brief memorial service will follow. Joyce will be cremated and her ashes interred in Lew Beach Cemetery, NY at a later time.
The family is grateful for the condolences. In lieu of flowers, they suggest donations to the Thomas A. Edison Congregational Church, 1619 Llewellyn Dr., Ft. Myers, FL. 33901.