ROARK, JOYCE FAUGHT
11/16/1925 - 3/4/2014
Gainesville - Joyce Adele Faught arrived November 16, 1925 in Illinois, into the arms of her parents Dorothy Fry and Abraham Newlin Faught. She liked to play jacks and skip rope in the little town of Woodstock. The family moved to Baltimore for 7 years and settled back into Dayton for her senior year in high school. Joyce attended Miami University of Ohio, graduating in 1946. In the following year she taught 5th grade in Shelby, Ohio, and met the love of her life, Woody Roark, an Ohio State University student back in the USA from three years of service in World War II.
They married June 7, 1947 in Dayton. Joyce taught 5th grade in Columbus at Heyl Elementary School until Woody graduated in 1949. The couple moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Woody worked as a CPA and Joyce worked as a substitute teacher. Their two sons Steve and Scott were born in Pittsburgh. The family moved to Wallingford, Pennsylvania in 1957 where Joyce devoted herself to taking care of the kids, cooking, sewing, knitting, and decorating. She added Cub Scout den leader to her resume. Baby Susan came along 11 years to the day after Scott. Joyce happily switched to making dresses and doing crafts as a Girl Scout Leader. With the children well on their way, Joyce returned to the work force as a secretary to the President of Williamson Trade School. Joyce and Woody began to travel reaching Africa, the Caribbean, Alaska, and Europe, including a 50th celebration of the liberation of Czechoslovakia - thanks to Woody's platoon! These years also brought Joyce on to the golf course with Woody.
Joyce and Woody moved to River Hills, SC in 1985, and on to Charleston, SC, in 1988 where Joyce continued her crafting, loved walking on the beach, and added a hole in one on the Snee Farm Golf Course! Their favorite pastime was taking care of grandchildren - Robin, Katie, and Tim Roark in Florida (Steve and Gigi), Crawford, McKenzie, and Newlin Roark in South Carolina (Scott and Jenny), and William, Grant, and Heath VanKirk in Texas (Susan and Bob VanKirk). With the passage of time and advent of weddings they welcomed Andrew Miller, Shannon Roark, and Vicki Roark to the family and most recently great grand son, Max Roark Miller.
The move to Gainesville, Florida in 2003 brought a new list of activities - Gator sporting events, golf cart rides and walks on Haile paths, Oak Hall sporting events, and visits to Publix! As life progressed so did Joyce's Alzheimers. Woody managed to emanate positive vibes while taking care of Joyce for all the Gainesville years. Alz place, Dr. Bobby Slaton, and the wonderful care of Liz, Katie, Vicki and other Comfort Keepers eased his journey and brightened Joyce's life.
We will always carry with us memories of a loving, caring, dedicated, capable, and artistic, mother, wife, and grandmother. If you like strawberries, baking wonderful desserts, smocking a dress, playing with children, laughing with friends, or treasuring family, you will keep a little of Joyce's spirit with you.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Mar. 9 to Mar. 10, 2014