In memory of
Lester, Joyce 11/26/1928 - 3/23/2020 Dexter, MI Joyce Loraine Lester died peacefully at her home on Monday, March 23, 2020. She was born on November 26, 1928, in Kingsford, MI, to Henry and Ida (Laux) Beauchamp. Joyce grew up in Kingsford, then moved to Ypsilanti, MI, after graduating from Kingsford High School in 1947. Thereafter she lived in Ypsilanti, where she worked for the Michigan Bell Telephone Company during its historic transition from switchboard operators to direct dialing. She moved to Dexter in 1989. Joyce met James Edward Lester in Ypsilanti, where they were married on September 30, 1950. He died in 2011 after 60 years of marriage. Together they had three children (Joanna Jennie of Dexter, Jonathan [Sharon] Lester of Willis, MI, and Juliana [Darrell] Wooster of Pinckney, MI), six grandchildren and step-grandchildren (Daniel Sarkis of LaJolla, CA, Aaron [Kacie] Wooster of Brighton, Kristen Wooster of Tacoma, WA, Sabrina [Brian] Vandam of South Lyon, MI, James Ingram of Lincoln Park, MI, and Jenny [Mike] Pendergrast of Ypsilanti), two beloved great-granddaughters (Kennedy and Ainsley), and seven step-great-grandchildren. She is survived by her half-siblings, Ronald (Diane) Beauchamp of Onomonowoc, WI, June (Donald) Rittenhouse of Iron Mountain, MI, and Margaret (James) Boulanger of Green Bay, WI, and 20 cherished nieces and nephews and their families. Her sister, Dorothy Mae (David) Beauchine, her half-brother, Robert Beauchamp, her niece, Desire Renaud, and many dear lifelong friends predeceased her. Joyce attended Washtenaw Community College but she was truly a lifelong learner. She remained informed of world events and the weather to the end of her life, and she was an avid viewer of professional golf tournaments. She volunteered with the Huron Valley Girl Scout Council, which is now part of Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan. She enjoyed interior design, travel, and reading. Her strong belief in preventive health screenings and a healthy lifestyle contributed to her long life. She began recycling after the first Earth Day in 1970 and never wavered in her commitment to the environment. She was a great storyteller and family historian. She was a staunch advocate for the human dignity and the holistic and harmonious development of every child, as described in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and she exemplified these priniciples in every interaction she had with children, both family members and others she met in passing. Cremation has taken place. In accordance with Joyce's wishes, there will be no visitation or service at this time. A summer reunion and memorial service is being planned with the hope that the Covid-19 pandemic will have ended by then. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in her name to Arbor Hospice ( www.arborhospice.org ) or to your local hospital's fund for personal protective equipment for healthcare providers. Please visit www.niefuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence for the family.
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