Joyce Mary Morgan
Joyce Mary Morgan, 89, passed away at UPMC Susquehanna/Williamsport Hospital on Saturday, Feb. 15. Born on Dec. 28, 1930, in Chicago, she was the daughter of Douglas and Camille (Branham) Gibbs. Surviving are her three children and their families, Steven D. Morgan, of Williamsport, Valerie J. Moore (John), of Glenshaw, Pa., and Scott T. Morgan (Lydia) of Jerusalem. Joyce had nine grandchildren, Jason Helminiak, Derek Evans, Shane Helminiak (Amy), Jill Girio (Brian), Benjamin (Amy) Moore, Jon Morgan, Kathryn Decker (Daniel), Elizabeth Novak (Robert), and Gabrielle Morgan. She had nine great-grandchildren, Stevannah Helminiak, Nadia Evans, Mia Girio, Dean Girio, Chloe Moore, Logan Moore, Wren Helminiak, Briar Helminiak, and Yoav Decker. She was a beloved aunt to nine very special nieces and nephews and their children. She is also survived by her four-legged faithful companion, Diego, “Doggie.”
Joyce received her bachelor’s degree at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and her master’s degree in education at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Ind. She was a kindergarten teacher for 30 years in the Williamsport Area School District. Joyce was a member of Pine Street United Methodist Church since 1961 where she was a member of the choir for as many years. She was also a founding member of the bell choir. Joyce started the Stephens Ministry at Pine Street, through which she provided comfort and counseling services. In addition, Joyce was a member of the Williamsport Bridge Club for many decades, where she enjoyed her time playing bridge with friends through the years.
Joyce, “Nanny,” “Nanny Joyce,” was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who had great love for all her family. Her home was the center of many gatherings and nothing pleased her more than having everyone together. She was an avid worldwide traveler, an adventurer, and planned and treated her family to several vacations. Joyce had a love for amusement parks from the time she was a child and enjoyed yearly trips with her family to Knoebel’s Amusement Park. She attended all major family events, including births, birthdays, weddings and graduations of her immediate family as well as her nieces and nephews and their children.
Joyce’s family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Crouse Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 133 E. Third St, Williamsport. There will be a celebration of life service at Pine Street United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the music department at Pine Street United Methodist Church.
Please visit www.crousefuneralhome.com to sign a register book or share a memory.