Of Chelsea, Michigan, age 85, died peacefully Thursday, February 14, 2019 surrounded by her family at her home. She was born July 3, 1933 in Loyall, KY, the daughter of Lawrence & Gladys (Bailey) Farley.

Joyce graduated as Valedictorian of Loyall High School in 1951. In 1999, she retired from Chelsea Milling Company after 40 years. Joyce volunteered at Chelsea Community Hospital gift shop and sewing circle,  Maxey Boys School, and Meals on Wheels. She attended Immanuel Bible Church in Chelsea and Last Day Kingdom Ministry in Ypsilanti. Joyce traveled with the Endtime Handmaidens Ministry to Israel, and attended many of their conventions in the US each year. Joyce was a member of the Red Hat Club in Chelsea and the Chelsea Women’s Club. She enjoyed sewing, painting, cooking and gardening, and especially loved her rose bushes.

On July 3, 1951, she married Orville M. Harris, and he survives.  Other survivors include a son, Derrick Harris of Chelsea; one sister, Phyllis (Pete) Venable of TN; 4 grandchildren, Carrin Harris, Katherine Weiseman, Christopher Harris, Michael Harris; 1 great-grandson, Drake Walker; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Farley, and two sisters-in-law, Judy Farley and Beverly Farley.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 18, 1:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastors Dominic Aquilino & Jim Davis officiating.  Burial will be at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea.  The family will receive friends 11:00 am- 1:00 pm on Monday.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Bible Church, 145 E Summit St, Chelsea, MI 48118 or Last Day Kingdom Ministry, 2474 Carriage Court, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.


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#1 Elise Merkel 2019-02-15 20:17
I only knew Joyce for a short while, but it was evident that she was a force! The depth of her enjoyment of the gospel tunes played by Thunderwude at the Alehouse always moved me. I'll think of her whenever I hear them from now on, raising my hands in her memory. No doubt she'll be singing along from on high! My thoughts and prayers are with you - Orville, Derrick, Chris, and Michael. (And I have a story to share when I see you. Joyce made me promise not to tell... but I think now I can. She definitely knew her mind!) God Bless.

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