Joyce Thomas, 87, of Mount Bethel, PA passed away Sunday, April 11th at her home, surrounded by loved ones.
Joyce was born in Johnstown, PA on February 3, 1934, a daughter of the late Carlton Edward and Joanna Irene (Walbeck) Roberts.
She was the widow of Blaine M. Thomas, who passed away in 2002. Joyce was a 1952 graduate of Johnstown High School and a 1955 graduate of Conemaugh Hospital School of Nursing in Johnstown, PA. Joyce and Blaine raised their family in Bethlehem, PA, where Joyce worked as a registered nurse at St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill until her retirement in 1996.
Joyce enjoyed spending her time painting and was considered an accomplished artist. She studied with renowned artists Fred Bees, Chet Ryder, and Bernie Tyler. She attended classes at Baum School of Art, The Banana Factory, and Northampton Community College. She had her work admitted to juried shows at Allentown Art Museum, Moravian College, The Banana Factory, and Southern Lehigh Library.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem, PA.
Joyce is survived by her children Steve Thomas, husband of Sandra, Lynne Nelson, wife of Don, and Susan Magasich, wife of Mark, a sister Linda McFall, and 7 grandchildren: Timothy Nelson, Carly Nelson, Dean Thomas, Alex Thomas, Leah Thomas, Owen Magasich, and Samuel Magasich. She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter Nancy Thomas, a sister Caryl Croft, and a brother Tom Roberts.
Joyce was the beloved east coast matriarch of the DOJ.
Services are private. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gaffney Parsons Funeral Home, "Village of Johnsonville" Bangor, PA. Online condolences may be offered at gaffneyparsons.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Melanoma Research Foundation (https://melanoma.org/
), 1420 K Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.