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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. Annette Collier on December 30, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    So sorry for you loss. She was my very first boss. She treated us like we were her kids. Many fond memories of your mom.

  2. Sandra Scheid on December 30, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Always loved working and talking with Joy. She was a good person. My condolences to the family.

  3. Norrie Slater on December 30, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Sending you my sympathy. She was a wonderful person and touched the lives of many.

  4. Heidi Blatt on December 30, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Joy was one of the strongest, yet kindest people I’ve ever met. She would tell you straight up what she thought!❤️

  5. Karen Yanna on December 30, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I remember all of the visits to your moms when we were in college. She was a wonderful women

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