Joyce L. Conaway
Joyce L. Conaway, 75, of Lock Haven, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 at Susque-View Home after an extended illness.
Joyce was born on Valentine’s Day, 1941, in Jacksonville, Pa., to William and Pearl (Shuey) Packer. She grew up in Orviston, and was the oldest of the seven children in the family.
Her sisters are Janet Miller of Howard, Brenda Packer of Orviston, and Judy Packer (deceased) of Orviston. Her brothers are William A.“Billy” Packer III of Lock Haven, Claude “Butch” Packer (deceased) of Orviston, and Terry Packer (deceased) of Orviston.
Joyce married William W. Conaway on Sept. 27, 1969 and remained with him until his untimely death in 1984. She did not re-marry.
She had three children, Douglas Packer of Spring Mills, George Conaway of Benton, and Mary “Susan” Isieza of Lock Haven, all of whom survive, along with four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Joyce was a life-long Christian and a member of Cedar Heights Brethren in Christ Church. She fully understood and embraced the responsibilities of being a Christian. She was exceedingly generous and kind to people and animals, humble and humorously self-effacing, and embodied the principle that was related by Jesus when he said, “The way you treat the least of these is the way you treat me.” She read a portion of the Bible every morning in order, and lost count of the number of times she had read the Bible front to back.
Joyce worked at Lancaster County Prison for several years before returning to the Lock Haven area and working up to three jobs at a time to support her family while her husband was being treated for cancer. Shortly after his death she went to work for the household of Lee Gilbert, from which she retired. She considered Lee and his four children, Angela, Jessica, Jason, and Rachel, her second family and remained close with them for the rest of her life.
Although Joyce had several activities she enjoyed, such as crocheting, cooking, and walking (at one point she walked 10 miles per day), her favorite was reading — especially murder mysteries. She would read several per week and would check out as many books from the Annie Ross Library as she could carry at a time. She expressed a lot of affection for the library’s staff.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Marsh Creek Brethren in Christ Church and all are welcome to attend.