SUNBURY, Pa. - Joyce J. Earl, 88, of Sunbury, formerly of Howard, Pa., passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Sunbury Community Hospital.
Born on Jan. 3, 1925, in Moravia, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Carlton and Mary Wilson Jennings.
She was married July 1, 1950, to Harold L. Earl, who preceded her in death on Aug. 15, 1999.
Joyce was a 1943 graduate of Moravia High School in upstate New York, and 1947 graduate of Cortland State University.
She attended Mountainside Assembly of God Church in Coal Township. Joyce was a teacher at Wheeler Elementary School in Valley Stream in the 1950s, and later at Howell Road Elementary School.
She was a devoted, loving mother and faithful wife. She knew Christ as Lord and Savior, loving and served her family with a deep sense of purpose, while displaying a kind, gracious heart and winsome spirit.
She loved history, animals, family, and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her children, James (Margaret) Earl of North Bloomfield, Richard (Faith) Earl of Sunbury, Robin Earl of Bealeton, Va., Marjorie Earl of State College, Pa., and Robert Earl of Melbourne, Australia; along with 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, Joyce was preceded in death by one sister, Phyllis Jennings.
A public visitation was held Sunday at Wetzler Funeral Service Inc., 206 N. Spring St., Bellefonte, PA 16823.
The funeral service was held Monday at the funeral home with Rev. Richard Earl officiating.
Burial followed in Zion Union Cemetery, Walker Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project and sent Attn:James Earl, P.O. Box 851, Warren, OH 44482.
Online condolences may be made at www.wetzlerfuneralhome.com.