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“Dear Richard, I have kept Joyce's obituary on my desk for too long. I thought I would send you a card but cannot locate your address. If I haven't...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Judie Tuttle - Battle Creek, MI

“Many sympathies and prayers for peace for the family of Joyce Wilson! I am blessed to have known her, even if for a short time! She was a Grand Lady,...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Rebekah Orr - Battle Creek, MI

“In my time here on planet earth, I have known only one Joyce Wilson! Her mind, spirit and body were always active and filled with Love and...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Linnea Oswald - Portage, MI

“We are sorry for the loss of Cousin Joycie. She was a beautiful person all the way around. I will always remember her joyful spirit, inclusive ways,...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Bethany Dickerson Wynder - NH

“Her great smile and laugh will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Holderbaum - Battle Creek, MI

“My heart goes out to Richard and the family. Joyce was truly an amazing woman. I loved spending time with her, hearing her laugh, embracing her joy...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI

“Memories of Joyce Raye WilsonThomas R. MulconryI had known Joyce for close to 29 years. Over the days following our notification of Joyce's passing,...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Thomas Mulconry - Battle Creek, MI

“Joyce became the closest I ever had as a sister. Over forty years we seemed to maintain a connection that never went away even when we didn't see...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Susan Landis-Dowlatkhah - MI

“Joyce was such an beautiful and inspiring person. I enjoyed getting to know her and sharing our faith together for several years. My sympathies to...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Barbara Auble - Battle Creek, MI

“I am so so sorry , blessings to you all . Joyce was a wonderful soul. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Barb Miller - Battle Crerk, MI

“Sometimes it's hard to come up with the words for someone that you admire so much. I felt very blessed to have spent time with Joyce. She had a...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: C Matthews - Battle Creek, MI

“Joyce was a wonderful and creative person. She was a delight and always brought a smile to my face. I first met her and Richard at art exhibits at...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Pete Williams - Marsahll, MI


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Joyce Raye Wilson, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021. Joyce was born January 10, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to Arnie and Clothilde (Powell) Young. She grew up in Chicago and graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1956. She attended Southern Illinois University and graduated from Spring Arbor University with her Bachelor's of Arts in Business Administration in 1988. On February 17, 1963, Joyce was united in marriage with Richard W. Wilson at St. John's Baptist Church in Chicago.

The family moved to Battle Creek, Michigan in 1970. Initially they lived in Lakeview, then Battle Creek on Woolnough, where she raised her two sons. She remained in the Battle Creek area for the remainder of her life. She was a member of the PTA at Fremont School, a member of NAACP, of the Urban League of Battle Creek, Toastmasters, a board member of SNAP preschool, participated in the first Mosaic Storytellers event, and was a board member of Unity Church of Battle Creek.

Joyce was a lover of the arts. She and her husband loved all art forms, from music, especially jazz, to photography, pottery, sculptures and paintings. She loved to travel and has been to many parts of the United States, South and Central America, as well as Europe. She also enjoyed Jazz cruises where she could listen to wonderful music and engage with her favorite artists. Joyce was an avid reader and enjoyed being a member of several book clubs. She took that love for reading and volunteered to mentor elementary students to improve reading skills at local elementaries and Willard Library. Joyce enjoyed gardening and identifying unique flowering plants around Michigan. She spent many of her spring and fall days transplanting and moving her beloved hostas. Joyce loved having her granddaughters help her garden, as well as baking and decorating for Christmas and attending their activities and sporting events. After retiring, Joyce took up playing the guitar and pottery courses at KCC.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband, Richard Wilson of Battle Creek; sons Merrick Wilson of Kalamazoo and Richard (Suzanne) Wilson and granddaughters Maya and Eliana Wilson of Bellevue; cousin, Terry Tucker of Chicago; nephew, Antonio (Ann) Porter III and grandnieces, Nina and Zoe Porter of Bloomington, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnie T. Young and Clothilde (Powell) Young and sister, Claudia (Young) McCormick.

Joyce's family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 105 Capital Ave NE. A memorial service will be held there to celebrate her life Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the funeral home at 10:00 a.m. followed by inurnment at Fort Custer National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. A livestream of the service will be available at the follow link: https://vimeo.com/560953666 Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages and memories may be shared at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.