A Joy Forever

There once was an angel named Joyce,
With a sweet smile and laughter-filled voice,
And at Christmas each year,
She shared our family’s cheer,
We were honored so much by that choice.

What a beautiful nickname she had,
Only used by the friends of my Dad,
‘Cause the name he’d employ,
For his dear friend was JOY,
And it fit her; for joy’s what she had.

Joy(ce) Van Vlack passed away on October 27, 2013, surrounded by her daughters and their families. She was one of the kindest, most positive people I have ever known, and I will miss her incredible hugs and encouragement of my writing.

Joy in front of the tree, 2010

Joy in front of the tree, 2010

Joy and Dad opening Christmas presents, 2012

Joy and Dad opening Christmas presents, 2012

One thought on “A Joy Forever

  1. Unbelievable. It has only been four plus months since or great
    friend Joyce Van Vlack left us on a journey all of us will take
    one day, some sooner than later. When photos like this one crop up, we are quickly reminded of her presence AND absence. A lovely life is worth remembering again and again. We miss you, Joy!

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