Joyce E. James, age 78 of Sanford, formerly of Fort Gratiot, went to be with her
Lord and Savior on Sunday, November 8, 2020 while listening to Christian music
with her family by her side. The daughter of the late Harry and Sylvia (Allen)
Prouse was born August 14, 1942 in Buel Twp., Sanilac Co. Joyce worked with the
St. Clair County Library, retiring in 1980 after 18 years of service. Joyce will be
remembered as a devout Christian who loved being involved with her church. She
was a supportive wife, homemaker and good neighbor where ever she lived. Joyce
also enjoyed decorating her homes, going for long walks and keeping in contact
with many special friends. Mostly, she'll be remembered for being a Mom to her
little dogs as she always had one in her hands or on her lap, and a loving
Grandmother who was always involved with her cherished grandchildren.
Surviving is her husband, Michael James of Sanford; sister, Janet (Jim) Welsch of
Zephyrhills, FI.; brother, James (Ruth) Prouse of Sanford; brother-in-law Lewis
Hurley of Croswell; step-children, Diane Ippolito of Fl., Thomas Ippolito of Fort
Gratiot; grandchildren, Jessica, Justin (Nichol), Vanessa (George); 12 great-
grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. Also surviving are her 11 nieces
and nephews, 19 great nieces and nephews, and 5 great great nieces and
In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her first husband
Antonio Ippolito and her sister Sharon Hurley of Croswell.
Service to celebrate Joyce's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 17th at the
Hillside Wesleyan Church, 5114 N. River Rd. Clyde Twp., MI 48049. Private burial
of the cremains will be in the Mt. Hope Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions
in Joyce's name may be offered to Hillside Wesleyan Church. Arrangements are
under the care of Wilson MILLER Funeral Home. Personal messages of condolence
may be offered to the family at www.wilson-miller.com.
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