Elizabeth " Betty" A. Joyce

April 21, 1926 ~ July 19, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old


Elizabeth A. Joyce 97, fondly remembered as “Betty” and “Umba,” passed peacefully at her residence on Wednesday, July 19, 2023.

Betty was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on April 21, 1926, a daughter of Kelly and Mae (nee Essad) Alexander. She graduated from St. Columba Grade School, Ursuline High School, and Youngstown College (now YSU).

She taught in the Parochial and Youngstown school systems for a total of forty-two years. She was very active at St. Maron Maronite Church, serving on both Parish Council and the Education Committee. Her favorite hobbies were sewing, reading, conducting tours at the Butler Institute of American Art, and playing cards.

Betty is survived by her brother George Alexander and two sisters, Marion Nemer and Carol Desmond. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Judge Martin P. Joyce; brother Dr. Louis Alexander; brothers-in-law John Desmond and Robert Nemer; sisters-in-law Norma Alexander and Joan Alexander; and nephew Michael Alexander.

Betty and Marty were most devoted to their nine nephews, five nieces, eighteen great nephews, nine great nieces, and, of course, her dog Bruce.

Family and friends may pay their respects to Betty on Saturday July 22, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. at St. Maron Maronite Church, 1555 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown, Ohio. There will be a Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Maron Maronite Church, with Father Tony Massad as celebrant. The funeral will be livestreamed for anyone unable to attend on St. Maron’s Facebook page.

The Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery where Betty will be laid to rest next to her beloved Marty.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Maron Maronite Church, 1555 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown, Ohio, 44511; St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105; or Junior Achievement of Eastern Ohio (for Michael Alexander Scholarship Fund), 1601 Motor Inn Drive, Suite 305, Girard, Ohio, 44420. Betty deeply expresses her gratitude for any contributions made.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Edward J. Fox & Sons Funeral Home, 4700 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio. Family and friends of Betty may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and to leave condolences for the family.

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July 22, 2023

9:00 AM to 9:50 AM
St. Maron Maronite Church
1555 South Meridian Road
Youngstown, OH 44511

Divine Liturgy
July 22, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Maron Maronite Church
1555 South Meridian Road
Youngstown, OH 44511


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