Joyce Eliane Hanford

90, passed away, surrounded by family and friends on April 29, 2021. Joyce was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Otto and Margaret (Brown) Harder, on July, 11, 1930. She blessed everyone that she came in contact with. She was also a huge fan of roller skating.

Joyce is survived by her children, Vicki (Kendal Whiting) Custer, Bill (Nancy) Hanford, Ronald (Penny) Hanford, and Brian (Brenda) Hanford; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Duane (Sirrae) Harder; sisters, Deloris Tabor, and Agnes Morris. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Theodore Hanford; and sister, Barbera Gregory.

Visitation will take place on at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, from 2-4pm, and 6-8pm. A service will be held at Emanuel First Lutheran Church, Wednesday, May 5, at 11:00am. Interment will take place immediately following the service, at Chapel Hill Memorial Garden.

In lieu of flowers, Contributions can be made to McLaren Hospice, or Emanuel Lutheran Children’s School Fund.

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Brenda Lee
April 30, 2021 at 7:16 pm

Thank you for your love Aunt Joyce. I’ll always remember them quarter’s in my cards from you. I’ll miss you everyday. Until we meet again, love Brenda

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Tyann and Bob Drake Kayla and Kyle
April 30, 2021 at 11:08 pm

Joyce you were the glue that held us all together. You Loved with all your heart and we all Loved you. We are glad you were part of our family. we have many stories to remember you by. They all bring smiles when we think of you. Love the Drake’s

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Susan Tabor
May 1, 2021 at 10:23 am

So very sorry for your loss. My favorite memory of Aunt Joyce was how she loved all the little kids and always gave a quarter to each one. She will surely be missed by her family. Resting in peace now.

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Sue Jacobs
May 1, 2021 at 10:47 am

Joyce I did not know you but I knew your daughter and knew how you brought her up and from what I heard you were a wonderful loving Mother. You will be missed by many. RIP Dear Soul.

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Connie Swix
May 1, 2021 at 7:58 pm

I met Joyce at Allen Neighborhood Center, and we’ve been a dear friends for 14 years. She’s been such a champion for children all her life. She loved caring for children and she was beloved even 50 years by many. She was a hard worker, loved her church and family so much. She is out of her physical ailments now. She was brave and didn’t complain. What a gal! I will miss her!!

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Charlene Hyde
May 2, 2021 at 3:39 pm

You have always been Grandma Joyce to us since we met in 1989 when Megan (Wilson) Adams was born. I remember dropping Megan off that first day with you and feeling such a sense of relief. I saw 2 other toe head infants (Kenny & Shane) at your table and I felt more confident with you caring for Megan than I was!!! You’ve been a part of Megan’s celebrations, her wedding and children always with a huge smile and hugs of love. Through the years we’ve stayed in tough periodically with happenings and sharing my farming life of eggs and pork. I’m so glad you’d call just to check in and hint about how good my eggs and pork were so I’d visit. Those are special times, I’ll cherish forever!! Thank you for your love and you will be missed by many! Love, Charlene Hyde and Megan Adams.

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Roger and Anna Dreysse
May 4, 2021 at 9:14 am

Sorry for the loss of my cousin, your Mom. She was always glad to see us when we visited her. We will not be able to attend her viewing or service due to declining health. Our love and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Roger and Anna

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Ute von der Heyden
May 4, 2021 at 3:43 pm

I don’t know what I would have done without Joyce. She was not only the most loving and trustworthy child sitter for my elementary age daughter, but even during some dark times she remained my friend. I love you Joyce.

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Tamara Williams
May 5, 2021 at 9:43 pm

Ms. Joyce,
I referred to her as Gramma Joyce. She was always so kind to me. She embraced me for who I was and I felt that she loved me like her own. Theresa, her granddaughter introduced us when we were in our teens. Ms. Joyce never held any bias or anything towards me, and I always appreciated that. Friends come and go, but Thrresa and I always held true. I will remember Gramma Joyce’s smile, for ever and eternity. Rest peacefully. With love, Tami.

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