Joyce Irene Lixey of East Tawas passed away on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at her home with her family by her side at the age of 55 years.
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Joyce was born in Tawas City on March 18, 1956, to James F. and Joyce F. (nee Pavalski) Lixey. She graduated from the Tawas Area High School, class of 1974, and then she earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Ferris State University. Joyce later attended the University of Michigan, where she earned a master's degree in social work.
She worked for the State of Michigan as a licensing consultant for adult foster care homes for 22 years. Joyce will be always remembered for her love of the outdoors. She truly enjoyed walking her dog and companion, Buddy, at camp, gardening, traveling and reading. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Joyce is survived by her loving mother, Joyce F. Lixey of East Tawas; her twin sister, Janet (Dennis) Hughes of North Muskegon; her brother, John (Bonnie) Lixey of East Tawas; two nieces, Carrie Lixey and her husband David Burkhart and Lisa (Jeffrey) Babe and their children Alexander and Sophia; two nephews, Dennis Hughes and Andrew Hughes; and many additional family members and dear friends. Joyce was preceded in death by her father, James F. Lixey, in 1998; and many aunts and uncles.
Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas. Her family will welcome friends at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass. A burial will take place in the American Legion Cemetery in East Tawas.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to either Holy Family Catholic School, Holy Family Catholic Church or to Angelic Home Health and Hospice. An on-line guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com. Cremation arrangements are by Buresh Funeral Home of Tawas City.
Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13, 2011