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OBITUARY

Joyce Mitchell Pritchard

March 10, 1948September 22, 2019
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Joyce Pritchard, 71, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2019, in Littleton, Colorado, after a valiant two-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Joyce loved spending time with her family, being a historian for her Slovakian heritage, traveling, and volunteering for numerous causes. Her many talents included gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, quilting, and creating labyrinths on the family farm in Petersburg, Virginia, and at her sister's home in Salida, Colorado. Joyce received her master’s degree in computer science at the University of Denver, and her career was in computer programming at IBM and Public Service Company. She was admired by her family and friends for her wonderful personality, sharp mind, and boundless energy.

Joyce and her husband, Michael, were married for 51 years. They were high school sweethearts from the same hometown of Hopewell, Virginia. They moved to Colorado in the early 1970s and raised their two sons in the Congress Park neighborhood of Denver. Joyce and Michael moved back to Hopewell to live in their dream house on the Appomattox River for several years before returning to Colorado to be closer to their sons and granddaughters.

Joyce is survived by Michael Pritchard (husband), Mike Pritchard Jr. (son), Justin Pritchard (son), Phyllis Goldmuntz (sister), Barry Goldmuntz (brother-in-law), Jessica Stokes (niece), Aaron Goldmuntz (nephew), Bill Pritchard (brother-in-law), Betsy Pritchard (sister-in-law), Amy Pritchard (niece), Will Pritchard (nephew), Cindy Pritchard (sister-in-law), Karen Dunn Pritchard (daughter-in law), Marcia Pritchard (daughter-in-law), Tigist Pritchard (granddaughter), and Kidist Pritchard (granddaughter).

She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. A Memorial Service for Joyce will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 2:00 PM at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6601 S. Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO, 80121.

  • FAMILY

  • Michael Pritchard, Husband
  • Mike Pritchard Jr., Son
  • Justin Pritchard, Son
  • Phyllis Goldmuntz, Sister
  • Barry Goldmuntz, Brother-in-law
  • Jessica Stokes, Niece
  • Aaron Goldmuntz, Nephew
  • Bill Pritchard, Brother-in-law
  • Betsy Pritchard, Sister-in-law
  • Amy Pritchard, Niece
  • Will Pritchard, Nephew
  • Cindy Pritchard, Sister-in-law
  • Karen Dunn Pritchard, Daughter-in-law
  • Marcia Pritchard, Daughter-in-law
  • Tigist Pritchard, Granddaughter
  • Kidist Pritchard, Granddaughter

Services

21 March

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

St John's Episcopal Church

505 Cedar Lane
Hopewell, VA 23860

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, November 2, 2019

Memories

Joyce Mitchell Pritchard

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JAMES BECK

October 19, 2019

I met Joyce through her uncle, Joe Mizera, who owned the property next to our home in the Ramblewood subdivision of Pertersburg (we live on Vesonder Road). I recall her coming by one time to help Joe load up some pine tags that I had collected and gave to Joe for covering the potatoes in his garden. We became friends and I was pleased to contribute some of my daylilies to plant around their beautiful home in Hopewell. She introduced me to the Czech-Solvak heritage and delighted us with her family stories. We were sorry when she moved to Colorado and are saddened by her passing. Her contributions to the Prince George Regional Heritage Center will insure that her memory lives on in this area.

Eleanor Thompson

October 18, 2019

Joyce was my roommate our freshman year of college and she was one of the sweetest, kindest people I ever knew. She always tried to do her best at everything she attempted and loved Mike with her whole heart. There are not enough genuinely good people in this world but she was one of them.

Esther Copeland

October 12, 2019

Joyce and I met under not so favorable circumstances, à Parkinson’s Support Group, as both of our husbands had been recently diagnosed. The 4 of us had many enjoyable times despite the initial reason of meeting. We were both looking to move, and we became support for each other through that as well. We shared many lunches out, at our home, and Windcrest. Joyce and I discussed everything after lunch while John and Michael played pool. She was a fabulous ‘coach’ for Michael and shared many stories of her family, especially her dear grandchildren. I miss her smile through it all. She was a wonderful caring person and friend.




Valerie Mackenzie

October 12, 2019

Joyce was so much fun to be around. She managed to come to England on a number of occasions. One of which, I remember well. As I was working, I was unable to take her out and about and she took herself off to London and managed to see the Queen in her carriage at the state opening of parliament. The following day she went to Windsor and saw the rest of the Royal Family! Joyce was a bundle of energy and a thoroughly lovely person. I’m very sad that she will no longer around. My deepest condolences to Michael, Mike, Justin and their families

Katherine Podlewski

September 27, 2019

To all of Joyce's family, Please accept my condolences. Knowing and working with Joyce on many projects in Hopewell was a pleasure and an education. I will never forget her. Katherine Podlewski

Debbie Hearty

September 26, 2019

Mike and Jess,
I am so sorry for your loss. Through your stories over the years, I know how much you loved and respected your mom and aunt. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Debbie Hearty

Joyce Franchow-Purr

September 25, 2019

I am saddened to learn of the passing of my longtime friend, Joyce. We grew up together in Hopewell, VA starting 1st grade at St. James Catholic School and graduating from Hopewell High School in 1966. We shared our Slovak heritage as well. Rest in peace, dear friend, until we meet again at Heaven's gate.

Pat Kolakoski

September 25, 2019

Joyce was truly a very special lady, full of energy and information on her and many other family histories. Traveled to Gernic, Romania, with her and was so delighted to visit my ancestor's village. She was well organized and delighted to share her knowledge. She will be sincerely missed but with wonderful memories of past times together. May she rest in peace.

Amanda Raker Kimmelman

September 24, 2019

Sending my deepest condolences to the Pritchard Family. May love and memories help you through this difficult time.

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