JOYCE ANN NEAL,
82, of Cass City, died Friday, July 10, 2020 in Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital, Saginaw. She was born June 8, 1938 in Bad Axe to Stanley Ellis and Ruth Ann (Steadman) Morell. Joyce married James Leroy Neal on February 2, 1957 in Gagetown United Methodist Church, now Hillside Community Church, where she was currently a member.
Joyce moved to Bay City following graduation from Bad Axe High School. Jim and Joyce were blessed with four children, Janet, James, Jeanne and Jacqueline. During the blizzard of 1978, the Neal's moved to Toledo, Ohio. Joyce worked for Dr. Razi Rafeeq as office manager for 30 years. Upon retiring, they lived in Tennessee, Florida and finally settled back in Cass City. Joyce loved to knit, sew, go to ceramics with her sister, play the piano, and sing in the choir.
Everyone who came into the Neal home always enjoyed plenty of home cooking, a warm environment, and lots of baked goods. Joyce knew how to be a gracious hostess! She was also a gracious guest. Whenever she went to visit or stay with someone, she always had a special gift to show her appreciation.
There are plenty of people that own personally handmade gifts from Joyce, everything from hats, socks, blankets, Christmas stockings and more. If you knew Joyce, you knew she loved Christmas. It was her favorite holiday. Her home was always beautifully decorated, but at Christmas, you could feel the magic come alive. She would have music playing, cookies and candies for tasting, and presents for all. More than anything else, Joyce loved her family. It was important and very special when all of her children could be together and celebrate.
Joyce is survived by her husband of 63 years, James; children: Janet (Mike) Darrah of Groveland, FL; James (Joe) Neal of Tucson, AZ; Jeanne (Fred) Quinn of Toledo, OH; Jacqueline (Thomas) Van Tress of Phoenix, AZ; twelve grandchildren: Melissa LeTourneau, Matthew LeTourneau, Stephanie Darrah, Clint Darrah, Elizabeth (Kris) Kruse, Benjamin Darrah, Brandon (Jon) Quinn, Brian (Karina) Quinn, Alexandria (Jeremiah) Eklund, Mackenzie (Jacob) Keck, Zachary Van Tress, Madison (Joshua) Orcutt; five great-grandsons: Ryker LeTourneau, Christopher Head, Nico Darrah, Emrik Eklund, Carson Eklund; sister, Betty (Jack) Laurie; sisters-in-law: Jeanette (Lynwood) LaPeer, Janice (Edward) Neal, Shirley (Danny) Haag; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, many loving cousins and close family friends. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Shirley (Jerry) Houghton, Marilyn (James) Dennis.
A Celebration of Joyce’s Life will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, August 16, 2020 at Hillside Community Church, 4750 South St., Gagetown. This service will take place outdoors and the family requests that all in attendance wear facial coverings and observe proper social distancing. Memorials may be made to Hillside Community Church, Gagetown. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan