Joyce Besst

Obituary for Joyce Besst

August 7, 1935 - May 28, 2021
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 85

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Friend


Joyce Pflug Besst, 85, went home to be with the Lord, passing peacefully in her sleep, on May 28, 2021, at Brookdale Village, Westlake, Ohio.

She succumbed to heart failure after surviving and tenaciously fighting her way back from a traumatic brain injury in 2003. Prior to her accident, she loved roller skating, ice skating, ballroom dancing, biking, hiking the Buckeye Trail, and walking countless 5K's. She was an avid blood donor, helping countless people.
The thing that made her happiest was being surrounded by family and friends. She will be remembered by all for looking at life through rose-colored glasses and looking at life as a glass half-full.

Joyce was born to the late Louise (Burns) and Oral Stone Pflug, on August 7, 1935, in Steubenville, Ohio. She spent her adult life in Lakewood, Rocky River, and Westlake, Ohio after marrying the late Dr. Stacey Anderson Besst in 1960.

She was preceded in death by her loving parents, husband, son David Anderson Besst, sister Joann (Pflug) Davidson, and son in law Ralph James Vallecorsa

She is survived by her eight daughters, Carol (Robert) Freebairn, Cathy Vallecorsa, Chris (Richard) Romer, Claudia (Ken) Nelson, Lorri Besst, Stayce Besst (Michael Herold), and Destiny (Thomas) Lease, and her brother Richard (Heidi) Pflug. She is also survived by eighteen Grandchildren, forty-five Great Grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many more, by blended marriages.

A private service and burial will be held on June 28, 2021. She will be laid to rest in Union Cemetery, Steubenville, Ohio.

The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff of Brookdale Westlake Village for the years of loving care and service they provided to our Mom.

In remembrance of Joyce's life, in lieu of flowers, please consider the gift of life by donating blood and organs. Donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital – or the Upside of Downs - 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence OH 44131 - 216.447.8763, or

Arrangements are being handled by the Busch Funeral Home in Avon Lake, Ohio

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