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“My heartfelt sympathy to the Ford family. ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Mike Nussbaum - Shorewood, WI

“To my American family I want to express my sadness for the loss of my American Mom. Thanks God I had the opportunity to drop by and hug her one more...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Enoam Taira

“So sorry to the family of aunt Joyce. I was named after aunt Joyce and I am real proud of that. We didn't see one another often but she was always...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Joyce Middendorf - Apalachin, NY

“Les Mis at Appleton North HS years ago. How thoughtful was that?!? She was always brimming with exuberance and such zest for life. One of my favorite...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Rebecca Laird - Appleton, WI

“My favorite memory of Mrs. Ford was during a Girl Scout craft day at her home. We made candles in milk carton molds. We poured in the wax and added...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Beth Whealon Wyman - OSHKOSH, WI

“To the entire Ford family, we send our deepest condolences. Growing up very near the family, and spending lots of quality time, your Mom was of a...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Lydell L. Newby II Family - MN

“Dear Colleen, I want to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family of your Mom's passing . I remember meeting her a few times in Jr.High/High...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Terre Mand - FOND DU LAC, WI

“To the family of Joyce Ford,We are very sorry for your loss. Although I did not get to see Aunt Joyce often. She was a very special person to me. I...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Dennis & JoAnn (Ely) Middendorf - NY

“I worked with your mom and she was so proud of being a nurse. She was a kind and caring soul. My sympathy to you all. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Lynn Moon

“Dear Colleen,I don't know if you remember me, I was in the play "Insanity of Mary Girard" with you in Fond du Lac. I am very sorry to hear about the...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Brendan Gaffney - La Crosse, WI

“Joyce was a caring coworker and friend, willing to help and share her talents. Sorry for your loss. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Jean Killinger - Fond du lac, WI

“May she Rest In Peace and rise to Glory ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Julie Trewin - Fond du lac, WI

“May you be comforted by the hope of seeing your dear loved one again in paradise. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: T. Jamison

“Sorry for your loss. Hope you can find comfort in knowing that God is near to all those calling on him Psalms 145:18. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: A friend


Mrs. Joyce Erin Ely Ford, age 85, of Toccoa, GA, formerly of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 at her daughter's home.

Born May 8, 1934, in Richford New York, she was a daughter of the late Charles Austin and Alice Dennison Ely.

She was of the Methodist faith and attended the First Baptist Church of Toccoa where she was member of the Gleaner's Sunday School Class. Mrs. Ford was a Registered Nurse having worked with St. Agnes Hospital and the Clarity Care Home Health both in Wisconsin.

Our mother Joyce Ford was an avid "DIYer" with all five of her children following her footsteps. Some of her greatest projects included collecting and refinishing antiques, creating stained glass, woodworking, sewing, upholstering, and gardening. Her most beautiful pieces she has handed down to her children, which they'll cherish always. However, her greatest accomplishments were having a heart of compassion evidenced through her lifelong service as a nurse, and abundantly loving all she encountered.

Family members include daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia "Cyd" Quarterman and Bill of Toccoa, GA, Colleen Ford-Dunker and Russell of North Dakota, and Kelly Whited-Ford and David of Wisconsin; sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin Ford and Don Ford and Stephanie all of Wisconsin; grandchildren, Christopher Ford Quarterman, Casey Quarterman, Jason Clifton, Sean Ford, Shanna Ford, Noah Ford-Dunker, John Ford-Dunker, Gabriel Ford-Dunker, Caleb Whited-Ford, Erin Whited-Ford, Kevin Whited-Ford, Dylan Ford, and Aliza Ford; great-grandchildren, Emry Clifton, Neveah Ford, and Osiris Clifton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, George Chandler, James Chandler, Charles Ely, Lucy Ely Armstrong, Richard Ely, Jean Ely Moyer, William Ely, and Don Ely.

A memorial service will be held at later date by her family in Wisconsin.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitlockmortuary.net

Whitlock Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

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