Joyce L. (Hoy) Confer

May 17, 1930 – April 16, 2021

Joyce L. (Hoy) Confer, 90, Johnstown, who was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Friday. She was born in Hollidaysburg, daughter of Harry and Martha (Horner) Hoy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William D.; son, Jeffrey (Vickie); and brother, Jack.

Surviving are a brother, Phillip (Sharon) of Portland, Conn.; sons, Stephen C. (Kathy) of Nashville, Tenn., Gregory K. (Shirley) of Harrisburg and Michael S. (Shannon) of Ardmore; grandchildren: Jordan, Brittany, Aden, David, Matthew, Hannah, Amanda, Aaron, Ethan, Normandie and Ava; great-grandchildren: Piper, Lincoln, Lylah, Jarrett, Samuel and Sydney.

Joyce graduated from Hollidaysburg High School in 1948 and worked briefly as a telemarketer, a pizza flipper at Tony’s Pizza and long-term as a seamstress at Mary Frances Boutique in Johnstown.

Joyce was a devout Christian who loved to sing in church choirs and to volunteer for church activities.

As a talented artist, Joyce’s drawings, quilts, tapestries and good hemlines grace many homes. She could play a mean game of pinochle and Canasta, and no one could stretch a budget into a thing of beauty quite like her. Blessed with an unparalleled generosity, the ability to make guests feel welcome, and the gift of gab, Joyce knew how to have fun and to bring joy into others’ lives.

Fiercely independent, her hallmark intellectual curiosity showed via the book always in her hand, a symphony on the stereo, and her smart sense of humor. She had a love for fashion, history, genealogy, good drama (cinematic or otherwise), and though it took her years to admit, animals. Nothing brought Joyce more happiness than a friend stopping by for a chat and a glass of sweet wine, but her favorite times were hosting her sons and grandchildren at the holidays in a house full of food and joy. She always brought her infectious smile and genuine warmth, and welcomed all with an undeniable sense of belonging and acceptance.

The family requests that remembrances be made in the form of contributions to Westmont Baptist Church, 115 Jeffrey Drive, Johnstown, PA 15905; or Arbutus Park Retirement Community, 207 Ottawa St., Johnstown, PA 15904.

Friends will be received at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021, at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., Johnstown, PA 15902, followed by a service at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Don Rough officiating. Interment will be made at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.