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L. Joyce Ferris Obituary
FERRIS L. Joyce Booth, of Williamsburg, VA, died peacefully at home while in the care of her husband and family on June 2, 2014. She fought a three and one-half year courageous battle with breast cancer. Joyce was born March 12, 1944 in Beauty, KY to Sheridan and Bertha Mills Booth. As a member of Saint Bede's Catholic Church, Joyce was privileged to serve as a Eucharistic Minister to its parishioners. She was also a member of the church's small faith group for seventeen years. She and her loving and supportive husband, Richard L. (Dick) Ferris, would have celebrated their 40th anniversary on June 15, 2014. In addition to her husband Dick, Joyce is survived by four brothers and two sisters, Don (Thelma) Booth and Morris (Joann) Booth of Warfield, KY, Sheridan Jr. (Carol) Booth, Jim (Linda) Booth, Peggy (Landon) Stepp, and Karen (Bill) Harvey of Inez, KY. She is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Ed (Kay) Ferris, Mary Ellen (Dick) Geyer and Bernadette (Dick) Mason of Columbus, OH, Susanne Ferris of Richmond, VA, twenty five nieces and nephews and forty four great nieces and nephews. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and brothers-in-law Bob and Charlie Ferris. Joyce is a graduate of Warfield High School, Mayo Vocational and Technical College, and Morehead State University (Master's Degree) all located in KY. She began her business career at the Inez Deposit Bank in Inez, KY and later became a teacher of Business Education at Lancaster High School and The Ohio State University campus in Lancaster, OH. Having moved to West Simsbury, CT, Midlothian, VA, New Orleans, LA and Fairfax, VA while supporting her husband's career, Joyce enjoyed many special friendships. In 1993, she assisted Dick in forming his law firm, Ferris & Associates, in Williamsburg, VA. Joyce retired as office manager after 15 years in 2009. Joyce enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and golfing. As an avid golfer and a member of the Two Rivers Ladies Golf Association at Governor's Land, she participated in many competitive tournaments. Joyce was the ladies club champion at Beau Chene Country Club in New Orleans, LA. Family and friends have been blessed with Joyce's spirit, generosity, enthusiasm and especially her example of faith, love and loyalty. Her grace, inner beauty, and gentleness always made her presence comforting and joyful. The family appreciates the compassionate and attentive care provided by Dr. John Miller and the medical staff at the Riverside Peninsula Cancer Institute of Williamsburg. Visitation will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd. in Williamsburg, on Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 3-5pm and from 7-9pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd., on June 6, 2014 at 11am. A reception will follow at Two Rivers Country Club of Governor's Land. In addition, visitation will be held at Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home in Inez, KY from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, June 7, 2014. At 1pm, on the same day, a funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Kevin Davis, Rev. Sam Schmidt, and Father Mike Ramler. Interment will follow at the Riverview Memorial Gardens cemetery on Rt. 23 in Louisa, KY. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 204, Norwood, NJ 07648 (www.tnbcfoundation.org/donate.htm), the Peninsula Cancer Institute Riverside Foundation, 120 Kings Way - Suite 3100, Williamsburg, VA 23185, or the Roy F. Collier Community Center, 387 E. Main St., Inez, KY 41224.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on June 4, 2014
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