Joyce (Joan) Pugh went to be with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ earlier this month (July). Joan was a dear Christian woman, a dedicated wife, a loving mother to their 4 children, and a faithful friend to many. She enjoyed helping others in a quiet way. She also loved small children, animals, sewing doll clothes and decorating doll houses. She was an accomplished pianist and played the accordion as well. Above all else, serving her Savior was the most important thing to her.
Remaining family members include: Her 4 Children (& their 3 spouses) - Bruce (& Patty), Janet (& Michael), Nancy, Paul (& Giuliana); 1 Brother (& his spouse) - Gerald (& Pat); 8 Grandchildren - Leah & Christopher, Andrew, Brian, Melinda & Jonathan, Sydney & Sophie; & 3 Great- Grandchildren. Her husband of 54 years, Paul Pugh Sr., preceded her into heaven 13 years earlier. She also has many other spiritual brothers and sisters in the one body of Jesus Christ, all of whom have this same eternal hope of being with The Lord and all those who love Him forever. (Please see Titus 3:5-7, 1Cor. 12:12-13, 1 Thess. 4:15-18)
A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018, at 2pm, at Teague Funeral Service. The family will receive friends one hour prior. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Charlottesville.
- Visitation Monday, July 30, 2018
- Memorial Service Monday, July 30, 2018
- Graveside Service Monday, July 30, 2018
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August 27, 2018
I had the pleasure of mowing Mrs. Pugh’s lawn for the last several years and just wanted to echo other’s sentiments about her incredibly kind and welcoming demeanor. Although we only talked a few times she would almost always peak out the window and wave when I was mowing. Not until after her death in a conversation with her son-in-law did I find out she was a Christian. She will definitely be missed but left an incredible legacy.
August 5, 2018
I was deeply saddened to learn about the death of my grandmother whom I loved dearly. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to visit her recently and make memories that now comfort me. During that visit, we got to know each other better than ever before by spending time one-on-one. In a world where it feels like no one cares, you could tell how much she cared as you were talking to her. She loved watching videos with me, talking with me, and said I'd brought laughter back into her house. I got to hug her, go on slow walks with her, sit quietly and read books with her, show her pictures and tell her all about my life, listen to her play the piano (as per my request!), and tell her how much I loved her. She was such a spirited, opinionated, honest, and creative woman; I smile to think of how much like her I am in so many ways. I wouldn't trade those days I was blessed to spend with her for anything in the world. They are priceless. She was a truly wonderful person who will be missed by all fortunate enough to have known her. Thank you to everyone for their messages of love and support
August 4, 2018
My name is Jennifer and I was a friend and caregiver to Mrs. Pugh. I first met her in late September or early October of 2014. Right away Mrs. Pugh warmly opened up her home and heart to me and made me feel so comfortable and at home. As time passed on, she only made me feel more and more welcome, appreciated, and cared about. She made me feel like family. Her personality was such a wonderful match to mine. She loved animals and especially her cat Lilly who was very dear to her. Lilly was her baby. She shared my love of food and trying new recipes with me. She loved children, she loved books, she loved learning and discovering new things, and she loved flowers. She loved sitting outside on her deck or porch to admire and chat with me about all the pretty flowers her daughter Nancy would plant for her. She loved a good little walk on a pretty warm day. She loved sewing and loved her dolls. She also loved telling stories of her childhood, about her working at an ice cream parlor, and about trips with friends. I loved to listen to her stories of all her wonderful memories of her childhood, her children, grandchildren, and husband. I loved seeing the gleam in her eyes while reminiscing on all that she held so dearly to her heart. I will surely and greatly miss seeing her sweet and angelic smile as she would greet me coming into her home and sharing her thoughts and stories with me. She sometimes referred to me as her daughter and that just made me feel all the more loved and special. I’m so truly blessed to have known Mrs. Pugh and for us to have been a part of each other’s lives for what time we had together. Knowing her made my life all that more special to have had her be a part of it just as I will always and forever carry her in my heart. Thank you Mrs. Pugh for sharing so much yourself with me, enriching my spirit, and for caring so much for me in return. May you forever rest so sweetly and peacefully in the arms of our Lord.
Glenn & Pauline Martin
August 2, 2018
To each member of the family we pray the God of all comfort will sustain you and keep you! We counted it a privilege to know Paul and Joan as our brother and sister. They were a good example to us of how to live the christian life.
I wonder who remembers the names of the four parrots lined up on the lamp in her living room. Just recently, she asked me if we could do a duet with her playing the piano and me playing my harmonica. It's definitely a memory I want to keep.
God blesses those whose heart is right before Him.
Glenn & Pauline
Joe and Phyllis Cotten
July 30, 2018
We are there with you in heart as you go through this time. So sorry we could not be there for the family of our dear friend. Joan has been a lifelong friend since we knew each other from birth. That was almost 84 years ago.! We became good friends after we had children and especially after we moved to Va. We just wanted you to know that our prayers are with you as the service is about to begin. There are many things I could say, but please refer to the note that we left as this opportunity came about.
Love in our Lord and Savior
Alan & Beverly Patton
July 30, 2018
Our lives were enriched by knowing your mother. What a beautiful testimony she lived. We know you will miss her greatly yet are thrilled to know she’s happier than ever before. We love you all and wish we could share this time with you.
July 30, 2018
Joan will be missed by me for sure. We had a special connection as she always encouraged me in my piano playing since I taught myself, as she had done.
Some of us locals who worshipped with her on a regular basis have gone and enjoyed singing with her as she played in her home. She always hated to see us leave when the time came. One evening she shared with me how she prayed for those who live alone and are lonely. I am glad that is no longer where she is at!
Another special thing about her is her memorization and quotation of whole passages and stories from the Bible. When she "told" her verses to the rest of us it was as though she were telling a story of one of her family members. Her deep love for her Savior and his Bible were evident and the cadence of her voice melodic and easy to listen to. We hung on her every word. My sisters recently shared that they wished she had been recorded telling Bible stories so we could listen to them.
One more thing that stood out to me was her compassion for anything handicapped in some way; stray cats, dolls missing limbs, etc. One of her prized possessions was an American girl doll with a missing limb. She adopted it, brought it home and sewed a beautiful outfit for her! The doll could have probably been sent to a doll hospital and repaired but I could tell the handicap made her more special to Mrs. Pugh! And last but not least, she reveled in children and especially little red headed boys and girls!
Love and prayers to her family who will miss her greatly I am sure. She is one who has made heaven dearer for me and I am looking forward to seeing her there! Sherry
Troy & Gail Steinc
July 26, 2018
Mrs. Pugh will be missed, but we "sorrow not as other's who have no hope". I hope the family remaining will be comforted by the full life she lived, the joy she brought to so many others, and the knowledge that she is now at home with the God and Savior she loved. She was a very sweet, gentle, child of God, she will be missed by all who knew her.
July 20, 2018
Mrs. Pugh was a special person to me. She always had a hug and a smile and a special thanks for the music I shared. A gentle loving soul who will reap a massive reward I am sure.
July 19, 2018
It was a blessing to first meet Joan at a Christian family camp in Oklahoma when I was a teenager. Her love for the Lord and His children was evident even at that time in her life, and she was a blessing to many through the many years we have known her. She was seated next to us at Joe and Phyllis` 50th anniversary dinner celebration and we had an enjoyable visit together. I enjoyed her dry sense of humor even at that time. We look forward to a joyful reunion with her around our heavenly father`s throne. Titus 2:13
July 19, 2018
Bruce. Janet, Nancy and Paul,
Your mother was a beautiful special Christian lady to me. I have so many wonderful memories of us growing up together in the Lord. One of my most wonderful memories is that she and I shared the same name. I know that she was met in heaven by all of her Christian friends, especially your Dad and my sister, Frances. I will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts in the upcoming days. Love you all very much. Love in Christ, Joyce
Steve and Shirley Machalica
July 18, 2018
Your Mother was a wonderful Christian woman. I've known her since I was a young girl.
She's always been a blessing to me and a wonderful testimony for her Lord.
She is now with the Lord and having no more pain. Our prayers go with all you children.
You have many many wonderful memories of your Mother.
We will surely miss her but thankful we will see her again .
Love and prayers to all.
Steve and Shirley (Elam) Machalica
Scott & Luz Grove
July 17, 2018
Greetings Bruce, Janet, Nancy, and Paul,
We are very grateful for your mother (Mrs. Pugh to us). She was such a blessing in many ways... her tenderness toward the LORD and her faith in His promises.
We remember her friendliness, warmth, and humility. She had a deep love for others and often minimized her own suffering, preferring to talk about something positive.
Her smile was such a blessing to us as was her gratitude for little things. We enjoyed her stories and her music. We are already missing her as are each of you.
We are confident that both your mother and your father repented of their sins in this life, were forgiven by God, and redeemed by the blood of His Son Jesus Christ.
We are comforted to know that they are both now being comforted in the presence of their/our Creator. (2Corinthians 5:8, Luke 23:43, Romans 10:13, Luke 16:25)
Joe and Phyllis Cotten
July 13, 2018
To the Pugh family
Your dear mother is where she wanted to be and what joy there is in the presence of the Lord. You can rest in the everlasting arms of the Lord for your comfort because Joan will be missed very much by her children and grandchildren. As a lifelong friend I will miss her too. Many memories come to mind especially after we both married and had children. We were together many times when you all came to our house or our children went to .yours. Joan never seemed to mind that children would make messes as she had them all help to pick up. We took your parents on a trip to Tex. And Okla. and later took Joan a few times. It was always a blessing to be around her. The last thing she said to me as we hugged just before we left on a two week trip was "I love you". That is a special memory to me and also how she depended on Joe after your dad went to be with the Lord.
She lived a life strong in the Lord.
With love to each one
Joe and Phyllis