Joyce M. Clark

  • Born: July 17, 1931
  • Died: January 12, 2012
  • Location: Gorham, New York

Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home

47 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Tel. (585) 394-4280

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother Gorham: Joyce M. Clark, age 80, of East Lake Rd., passed away Thursday, January 12, 2012 at F.F. Thompson Hospital after a long illness. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, George Clark; two daughters, Lynette Mott and Karen (David) Sorce; three grandsons, Aaron (Emily) Mumby, Chris Mumby (fiancé Meghan Hammer) and Kyle Megaffee; five great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Quinn, Taylor, Jacob, and Jace; niece, Joanne Smith; nephew, David Austin; great-nephew, Michael Smith; great-niece, Grace Austin; many dear friends. She was predeceased by her brother, Vincent DeZetter; sister, Marilyn Austin; nephew, James Austin. Joyce was born in Albion, NY and was the daughter of E. Vincent and Florence (Eagan) DeZetter. She attended school in Barre Center, NY and graduated from Albion High School in 1949. Joyce attended Fredonia State University for three years and graduated from Geneseo State University in 1953, where she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi. On August 17, 1952 she and George were married in Barre Center. Joyce taught school in Rushville for 29 years, mainly first grade at Marcus Whitman Central School. She was an active member of the Rushville United Methodist Church and sang in the choir for many years. Joyce loved participating in many musical activities including the Precious Few, Crooked Lake Fiddlers, and the Fort Hill String Band. She also performed with the Finger Lakes Symphony for four years. Joyce gave private piano and violin lessons. Friends may call Tuesday from 4-7 pm at the Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home, Inc., 47 N. Main St., Canandaigua. Her funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Rushville United Methodist Church, 22 N. Main St., Rushville. Interment will be in Rushville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to F.F. Thompson Foundation, 350 Parrish St., Canandaigua, NY 14424 or Clifton Springs Hospital Foundation, 2 Coulter Rd., Clifton Springs, NY 14432. Condolences may be offered at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Having known Joyce for over 45 years, I have sung and played with her, prayed for her, known her friendship and respect,and laughed with her. She and George have been part of my extended family. It is sad to see her go, but we rejoice that she no longer battles with the physical ailments. I pray for comfort for George, Lynette, Karen, and the grandkids, and other relatives. We look forward to the grand reunion in Heaven one day.

Posted by LeRoy Bechtel - Sanford, FL   January 18, 2012

My condolences to the family of Joyce Clark. She was a special lady and a great friend to and support for my deceased mother, Dorothy Peck. Because of her deep musical interests, she accompanied my mother to my husband's voice recital in Ithaca, NY. I wish that I would have had the chance to see her again. I was thrilled to get her Christmas letter and to hear about her wonderful 80th bash! Somewhere she is playing her music.

Posted by Judith M. Huebner - Long Pond, PA   January 17, 2012

Dear Karen, Your mother was the dearest person and it was always obvious that she adored you, her sweet talented and loving daughter. May you take comfort to know that we surround you with love at this time. Jewel Wink

Posted by Jewel Wink - Canandaigua, NY   January 15, 2012

I have such fond memories of Joyce from childhood visits with Karen, her daughter and my classmate. Joyce's love of life was obvious and contagious, and she appeared to put her all into everything she did. I can still see and hear her playing piano and singing with such incredible zest! My condolences to her family and all her many friends.

Posted by Darlene Bordwell - Penn Yan, NY   January 15, 2012

Joyce and I met as neighbors many years ago and we quickly bonded. She was always so supportive of me and I have never had a friend quite like her. Nor will I again. Joyce was one of a kind and will be missed by so many people. Her zest for life was contagious, as was her laughter. I love you dear Joyce and you will be forever in my heart.

Posted by Lynette Gage - Rushville, NY   January 15, 2012

Joyce and I met when I was a first grader in her class. She continued to be my friend and mentor to the present. When Joyce and I visited frequently or talked on the was golden. I will miss my Joyce and hold dear all the wonderful memories, music and love of teaching that she passed on to me.

Posted by Gloria Dancause - Stanley, NY   January 15, 2012

Joyce and I taught together for many years at the Valley Building.I was a new young teacher and Joyce was one of my mentors. I have many wonderful memories of working with Joyce. Every time I would see her she would remind me of my adventures in finger painting with her class.She was a multifaceted person who I was privileged to know and be a friend with. I will greatly miss Joyce. I am sure she will be playing in that heavenly choir. I will be listening for the beautiful music.

Posted by David Hewson - Canandaigua, NY   January 14, 2012