Joyce Martin

Joyce Martin (Utter)

Thursday, September 28th, 1933 - Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
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Joyce E. Utter Martin, 85, of Salem, Va. rose on heaven’s shore on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. She was born on Thursday, September 28, 1933, in Oneonta, NY, to the late Albert Elmer and Neva Mae Steinrod Utter. Joyce was devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed her career working as a restaurant manager/waitress and later serving as a loving personal caregiver to many people in need. She is remembered by her children as a loving and gracious mom, who provided a warm and happy home filled with love, laughter, and fun. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years, Lewis V. Martin, Sr.; her son, Lewis Martin, Jr.; granddaughter, Rebekah Martin; and one brother, Alvin C. Utter.
She is survived by her daughters, Diana Thomas (Randall) and Joyce Creed (Randy); and her son, Pastor Douglas Martin (Kathy); grandchildren, Dennis Landry (Lisa), Holly Landry, Bret Martin, Amanda Creed Imamovic (Mirsad); great-grandchildren, Bryanna, Aiyana, Issabelle, Zaccheo, and Ezekiel; daughter-in-law, Jan Martin who was married to Lewis Martin, Jr.; siblings, Lavern Utter, Richard Utter, Carl Utter, and Linda Bliss.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park in Roanoke, Va.
Friends may visit with the family from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at the funeral home on Saturday.
A note from the family.
Mom was the woman behind her man, Lewis and Dad was the man behind his woman, Joyce.
They always stood together as one.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 |
    Saturday, August 10th, 2019
    Cedar Lawn Memorial Park
    5070 Cove Rd NW
    Roanoke, VA 24017
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Lee Taylor

Posted at 09:52am
Getting caught by her and lewis sneaking out of church and talking on the phone. Also as a even younger kid them van rides from elliston to salem for church w the van loaded down. Spaghetti noodles w butter and parmesan cheese for lunch after church on sunday. And the oh so many lectures i got for being hardheaded. But most importantly i just will always remember joyce and lewia martin taking me in when i needed a break from my mom. Camp altamons oh thr trip to oneonta ny cornfields for miles around and the highlight was yardsales every hoise . and the bannana split i snuck off and got. I will never forget sneaking off w holly landry on our bikes and so getting busted by joyce. I love them both so much. Rest in peace now and enjoy wjat uv devoted ur whole life to loving the lord and mr . martin. I can just see u two now. Best guardian angels anyone can ask for

Bessie holtzman

Posted at 09:12am
look at the plants growing Remember Gods love grows ,lean on him ,remember the Love Joyce had for him! In loving memory , The Holtzman family
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Skip Mathis

Posted at 11:58pm
Majken and I have been where you and your family now find yourselves. Our Hearts and Prayer go to HIS Throne on your families behalf. It is our mutual faith in Our Lord Jesus that makes All the Difference on this side of Heaven. As you walk through this valley of the shadow of death, may Our Lord and The Holy Spirit give you the Love, Peace and Grace to bear the loss of your loved one. Peace and Blessings To You All! Skip and Majken Mathis.

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