SILLS--Joyce Lynn, (79). On Friday, November 15, 2019 Joyce Sills passed away. She was the first woman to hold tenured professorship in Rutgers University Art Department. She had graduated Smith College majoring in fine arts, and studied under Leonard Baskin, and she earned a masters at the University of Pennsylvania in Art History. Joyce was born and raised in North West Washington, DC, lived and did her art in New York's Soho district, and retired to Delray Beach, Florida. She exhibited her work in one person shows in the Amos Eno Co-op Gallery, using many media; oil, ink, lithograph, wood cut, colored pencil drawings and others. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Sills Gelman (Mel), niece, Sheara Krvaric (Silvio), two grandnephews and a grandniece. Her marriage to Ezra Shahn ended in divorce after 14 years. Joyce was a great lover of animals and rescued many cats in New York and Florida. She enjoyed studying Torah with a small group in her Rainberry Bay community in her last years, and continued to create art work on the computer. Donations in her memory may be directed to the Chronic Fatigue Research Foundation, or the Humane Society.

Published by New York Times on Nov. 24, 2019.
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I'm so sorry to hear the news. She touched so many lives in the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(CFS) group which she was leading when I met her around 1995. She gave me and others so much support. The group became inactive, but she still advocated and supported us by volunteering for the CFS community by phone. She has probably supported hundreds of people within the CFS community. She was there when I needed her the most and she was very good at educating and supporting those of us in her community who had CFS. She was a very special person who really cared about people no matter what nationality, religion or culture they came from.

I send my condolences to her loved ones and friends.

J. Suzor
J. Suzor
January 10, 2021
So sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. She was an amazing teacher, mentor and friend. She and I celebrated the same birth date, so I wanted to wish her a Happy Birthday and may you rest in peace dear friend.
March 11, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I met her in 2012 when she came to our support group in Delray. Joyce struggled greatly with her health and fought hard to stay alive. I admired her tenacity throughout it all. R.I.P. Joyce!
Terry Fleishman
December 12, 2019
Joyce was an amazing teacher and friend. I will miss ours talks greatly. She left the world a better place through her gentle, loving spirit and exceptional works of art.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
Mary Pols
November 26, 2019
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