Joyce Shirley Sellers

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Revelation 21:4 "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying…." Joyce Shirley Sellers was born on a modest farm during the Great Depression in Ranburne, to Essie Laney and Quitman Rivers Sellers. Essie was a happy, sincere, church-going woman and she raised Joyce to love the Lord and God's Word. Joyce was a popular student and worked in the school office and drew for the high school yearbook. She picked cotton on her parent's farm so she could buy an upright grand piano. After graduating Ranburne High School, she moved to Florida and worked as a bank clerk routing checks. After meeting a handsome sailor in Jacksonville, Joyce married Roland L. Dufresne, a Navy petty officer. They moved to Connecticut and nine months after their wedding day, they began a family starting with Victoria, closely followed by Yvette. Joyce regularly drove to Ranburne to visit her mother and family and attended Union Hill Baptist Church. Her daughters enjoyed rambling with their cousins and traveled around the area as a trio singing Gospel music. Joyce was a well-respected, highly-knowledgeable Clerk of Probate Court in both Southington and Bristol. She later worked for the general manager of a TV station in Hartford before moving to Virginia. From there, she made several missionary trips to Taiwan, taught English in Taiwan, volunteered at The Christian Broadcasting Network and helped with the care of her grandson, Nicholas. Joyce moved to the Atlanta area and lovingly nursed her ailing mother, who passed away at the age of 98. In 1996, Joyce moved to California after she was diagnosed with various health problems including breast cancer, and was a survivor of 21 years. Joyce is now at rest in the loving arms of her Lord, having joined Him on the evening of February 27, 2017. After a brief, sudden illness, Joyce quietly passed away, peacefully and in no pain, while gently embraced by Yvette. A cremation was held in Vista, California, attended by Yvette's family. Joyce was a beautiful, intelligent and vivacious woman who possessed many talents, including sewing, cooking, singing, dancing, playing the piano and decorating. She loved going to church and reading the Bible. She always celebrated the holidays with style and made all occasions special, a trait her daughters have carried on. She will always be deeply cherished by her two daughters, Victoria and Yvette, and their spouses, David and Timothy, and dearly loved by Nicholas, her grandson, his spouse, Karisha, Yvette's children, Cody, Chelsea, and Jeremy, and by Victoria's grandchildren, Ivy, Johnathan and Kami. Most of Joyce's family and friends reside in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Connecticut and California. She is preceded in death by her siblings Bernice Evelyn, Rena Ozell, Byron Walter, Gertrude Carrie, Cornelius Crittenden, Edith Lyals, Khafre Harry, Willie Dean and Lin Sellers. Her surviving family in the South includes Harriett Cole, Joann Hanson, Jimmie and Arlene Smith, Rachel Fisher, David Pendar, and others, plus a host of next generation relatives, as well as, their children and grandchildren. Joyce will be buried at the family church, Union Hill Baptist, 13621 County Road 10, Ranburne, Alabama, by the grave of her mother and father on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11 a.m. Central Time, with the Rev. Steve Galloway officiating. All who knew her are more than welcome to attend. Please wear bright colors in Joyce's remembrance. Lunch will be served in the church fellowship hall after the service and burial.
Published in The Anniston Star on Apr. 2, 2017