Joyce Eva Adcock

Age 92, Joy passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Dearest to Joy’s heart was her immediate family, including her (departed) husband, Samuel; 3 sons, Jeffrey (Terrie), William (Suzanne), and Stephen; 1 daughter, Jill (Dennis) Green; 9 grandchildren, Bryan, Jeff, Beth, Michael, Bobby, Adam, and Matthew Adcock, and Zachary and Nickolaus Green; and 7 great-grandchildren, Isabel, Mallory, Ava, Samuel, Anthony, Ahleia, and Aidric. Joy was born December 28, 1925, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to Thomas and Gladys (Champlin) Dearman.

She graduated from Everett High School, Lansing, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from Michigan State University. Joy was a well respected Interior Designer and greatly enjoyed her career of over 30 years serving Michigan State University as Director of Design Services from 1966-1988, and also as owner of Adcock Associates after her retirement from MSU. Joy served on several design advisory committees for various organizations during her career including the Attorney General, State of Michigan, State University of New York, the President’s Advisory Council on Furniture and Design for Kendall School of Design, Grand Rapids, Parsons School of Design, and the Center for the Arts, Lansing, Michigan. Joy was an active member and Fellow of the American Society Interior Designers (ASID) and proudly served as President in 1987. Joy also took pride in her role as the first woman President of the University Club of MSU from 1980-81.

Joy and her husband were members of Central United Methodist Church for over 50 years. They also enjoyed supporting MSU sports and organizations with membership in the Beaumont Society of MSU, Platinum Circle of the Wharton Center, and the MSU Alumni Association. Joy loved to entertain with luncheons and dinner parties at her home, particularly at Christmas. She will be remembered for her drive for perfection, honesty, beauty, her creative talent, and her great parties.

Joy was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Albert, and her loving husband, Samuel.

Her family would like to thank Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids for their loving care provided to Joy in her final years.

The funeral service will be conducted by Pastor Mark Thompson and Pastor John W. Boley at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018, at Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Her family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Pam Duren
May 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Dear Jill and Family,

I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a remarkable woman. Now i know where you get it Jill.


Pam and Dana.

Sara Smolenski
May 20, 2018 at 1:26 pm

We got to know your Mom through Clark Retirement. Our mother is there and we had many visits with your Mom Joy. She was darling. Her Christmas picture you used for the obituary was perfect. She was always sharply dressed and was always elegant. We were so glad to read her obit, and recognize all her many accomplishments. It was totally no surprise to us how accomplished she was. Recently, at a Breakfast time at Clark, I tried to help her with a tiny bit of scrambled egg to eat. She was always kind and appreciative. We knew she was failing but were sad to hear of her passing. Since our Mom is 95 years old, and we are up at Clark all the time, we loved getting to know your Mom Joy. What a perfect name for a dear person. Sincerely. Sara Smolenski and Linda Burpee (our Mom is Pat Burpee)


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