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Joy Anne Parker, age 89, of Belding, passed away on December 29, 2020 at Mission Point of Greenville with her family by her side.

The daughter of Harris J. & Jean M. (Philpott) Merrill, she was born on September 21, 1931 in Mt. Morris.

Joy worked as a dietitian at Metron of Belding and retired after 18 years. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church, loved to sew, read, and cook, was an avid card player and would play any game with anybody. For many years, she was a Foster Grandparent at Woodview Elementary School in Belding, where she shared her time and happy spirit with the kids and staff alike.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and three sisters, Mable Perry, Judy Seeley, and Lola Earle.

Surviving are her eight children, Richard & Delynn Parker, Mary Blatt, Linda Carter, Christine & Lyle Daggett, Thomas & Roxanne Parker, William & Sharon Parker, Marjorie Hatfield, and Elaine & Randy Hendershot; twenty-nine grandchildren; numerous special great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; her sister, Margaret Sims; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside committal services will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery in Belding, and will be announced in the spring.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. Margaret sims on December 31, 2020 at 10:55 am

    She was a wonderful many card games and long talks we had. I already miss her.

  2. Patti Hicks on December 31, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Elaine and family, I am very sorry for your loss.

  3. Elaine Nye on December 31, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. She was my first boss and was a nice lady.

  4. Sandi LaLone on January 8, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    So sorry to read of Joy’s passing. I played cards with Joy in Belding. What a nice woman she was and a good Euchre player as well. R.I.P. dear lady, what a pleasure it was knowing you!

  5. Ken G. on February 23, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    So very sorry for your loss…she treated me more kindly than I deserved to be…

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