Joyce Priscilla (OConnell) Kelley

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Joyce Priscilla (O'Connell) Kelley

August 11, 1929 - August 05, 2018

Joyce Priscilla (O'Connell) Kelley, 88, of Ballston Lake, formerly of Montcalm Avenue, Plattsburgh, N.Y. died peacefully Sunday, August 5, 2018, at the Saratoga Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Ballston Spa, N.Y. She was born in Plattsburgh on August 11, 1929, the daughter of Charles and Priscilla (Dignard) O'Connell. In addition to her parents, Joyce was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Clarence J. Kelley; and her brothers, Kenneth, George "Butch," and Carl O'Connell.
She was a member of the Altar Rosary Society of St. Peter's Church and she was a longtime volunteer at the Knights of Columbus. In Joyce's younger years she was an avid bowler, and enjoyed her days working the Woolworth's lunch counter.
Joyce had an unconditional love for her family and all who crossed her path. Her warm and loving nature allowed her home to be a welcoming place to all. She was a generous person, who always put others first. Joyce survived cancer multiple times with nothing less than a positive and strong outlook. Joyce's most cherished joys in life were her children, grandchildren, and great grandchild. Her peaceful passing was a blessing; she will always be remembered with love.
Joyce is survived by her two daughters, Susan (George III "Speedy") Arnold of Keeseville and Lisa K. (Gil) LaDuke of Ballston Lake; four grandchildren, Joshua (Jocelyn) Arnold of Ballston Lake, Alycia LaDuke of Davenport, Fla., Zachary (Kate) Arnold of Keeseville, and Rebekka LaDuke of Davenport, Fla.; one great granddaughter, Evalyn Parrow-Rascoe of Keeseville; two sisters-in-law, Ilene (Peter) Allen of Bangor, N.Y. and Edith O'Connell of Plattsburgh; she is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
There will be no public calling hours. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 AM Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at St. Peters Church in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce's memory may be made to the FitzPatrick Cancer Center and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home, 48 Court Street, Plattsburgh.
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Published on August 6, 2018
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Roger girouard
Aug 10, 2018
sorry to hear of joyce's passing
Jessica McLaurin
Aug 08, 2018
I had the pleasure of taking care of Joyce at Saratoga Center she was a wonderful woman and will truly be missed­čî╣
Alan and Monica (Forcier) Grosskopf
Aug 08, 2018
Joyce was a special lady and proud to call her my friend. I moved away many years ago but visited her as often as I came home. We had wonderful visits and enjoyed her so much. Please accept our deepest sympathies at the loss of your mom. It's a tough one, but she is at peace and in a better place. Monica
Sally & Skip Smithson
Aug 08, 2018
Our love and condolences to Joyce's family. We remember her at many of Sue & Speedy's gatherings years ago, always with a smile on her face. May the many happy times you shared carry you through the sadness now.
The McCormicks
Aug 08, 2018
She was a beautiful lady who always had a smile on her face. Our daughter, Jackie just adored her (and her husband). We are so sorry for your loss. The best neighbor and person anyone could know. God bless her.
wayne Lucia
Aug 07, 2018
To a beautiful lady GOD BLESS
Love you rest in peace
Kristin, Jamie and Emilee Skinner
Aug 07, 2018
We will miss Joyce and her big smile. She would always hold Jamie's hand and tap her cheek in a sweet way. We will miss visiting her and I and Emi will miss caring for her. She will be truly missed.
Valerie Shuknecht
Aug 07, 2018
My condolences to the family.