Maxine “Joyce” Fry, nee Elam, 95, of Belleville, IL, born Friday, April 22, 1927, in Fulton County, KY, passed away Monday, December 19, 2022 at her residence in Belleville, IL.
Joyce was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville, IL where she volunteered at the thrift shop for many years. She was active in the Christian Women’s Club at church and was an avid bowler for over 50 years.
She was preceded in death by her:
- Husband, Billy C. Fry
- Parents, John C. Sr. and Mattie, nee Rowlett, Elam
- Brother, John C. Elam, Jr.
Surviving are her:
- Kathy McDonald of Swansea, IL
- Karen (Mike) Fry Hammann of Gilbert, AZ
- Mary Ann (Brian) Lindsay of Madison, AL
- Brother, Fred (Mary Sue) Elam of Marietta, GA
- Steven Steffan, Jr.
- Nathan (Rebecca) Lindsay
- Katie (Jeremy) Gargis
- Kevin (Brittney) Hammann
- Clay (Kaylie) Lindsay
- Great grandchildren:
- Penelope, Amelia and Bentley Gargis
- Caroline and Margaret Lindsay
- Jay Lindsay
- Khloee and Braxton Hammann
- Many nieces & nephews
Memorials: Memorials may be made to St. Matthew UMC, Salvation Army or Family Hospice.
Visitation: Visitation from 10:00 – 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Rev. Larry Patton officiating.
I enjoyed working with Joyce at the Saint Matthew Thrift store. She was a loving and encouraging spirit and I am better for knowing her. Welcome Home Joyce.
I will miss working with Joyce at the thrift store. I loved talking to her. She will be greatly missed by all who did work with her and the many customers who would come back and speak with her.
Miss Joyce was such a blessing to our church and Saint Matthew Thrift Shop! I worked with her for 5 years there and was like a mother to me, taking under her wing. She will be sorely missed! I will never forget the MANY things she taught me! Welcome Home!
Kathy and family-So sorry to hear of your mom passing. You are such a close family and have shared so many treasured gatherings over the decades. I know she leaves you with many wonderful memories to make all of you smile. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
My deepest sympathy to the Fry family! Vicki and Larry Rohde
Our earthly loss is Joyce’s heavenly reward.
Joyce was kind and loving to everyone she encountered at church and the thrift shop. I’m blessed to have known her.
As her family I know you have many many wonderful memories to cherish.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Aunt Joyce, you will be greatly missed.