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Joyce F Vinyard

November 23, 1941April 6, 2021
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Joyce Fay Vinyard November 23, 1941 April 6, 2021 Joyce Fay Vinyard (Wilkins), 79, of Griffith, IN passed away on April 6, 2021 in Mesa, AZ surrounded by family.

Joyce was born on November 23, 1941 in Fayetteville, AK to George and Grace (Stufflebean) Wilkins. Joyce was preceded by her husband of 55 years, Cleatis Dwain Vinyard. Survived by her children: Tim (Kay) Vinyard, Tami (Greg Widelski) Gregory Jr., great granddaughter Addison Cody (Sabrina), great grandchildren Colten & Serenity (Dean) Brantley and Bryson, Edie (Greg Gajewski) Garrett, Samantha, Ted (Mary Beth) Vinyard, Gabrielle, Collin, Olivia, Madeline, Ethan, Hayden and husband, John Kirkley of 6 years.

Joyce was the youngest of seven children preceded by, William, Ruth, Annie, Dewey, Donald and survived by her best friend and twin sister, Loyce. Joyce was a loving, caring, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She was a devoted fan of her grandchildren and loved watching their sporting events. Joyce’s great smile warmed hearts & her generosity and humble spirit touched so many lives. Joyce was a true servant of God working on Builders for Christ projects for many years. Joyce worked at Longfellow Elementary and then Community Hospital until retirement. In 2015, her dream came true when she was on National TV. She went with her daughter and was chosen to "Come On Down, you are the next contestant on the "Price is Right" Game Show. Winning the bid, they shared the stage with Drew Carey. This was an exciting memory that was truly "PRICELESS!"

Family and Friends may visit on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 4PM - 7PM at Kuiper Funeral Home - 9039 Kleinman Rd., Highland, IN 46322. Funeral Services will be held the following morning, Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:30AM at the funeral home with Rev. Kevin McCarthy officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens - 8178 Cline Ave. Crown Point, IN 46307.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.KuiperFH.com for the Vinyard family.

Services

  • Public Visitation

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 16, 2021

  • Burial

    Friday, April 16, 2021

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Robin Overton

April 15, 2021

I’m so sorry for all of your loss . I have so many good memories of our families together. Always so much love an laughter. I remember always thinking how lucky I have been to of had such great grandparents an aunts and uncles on both my mother an fathers side of the family. Even though life has gotten so busy an we are miles apart I love you all forever in my heart .
Robin

Michelle Rosen

April 14, 2021

I’m so sorry for your loss, you’re mom was aunt to me and you guys were just like cousins to me. Love ya all ❤️
Michelle Wilburn

Rich and Claudia Powell

April 13, 2021

Dearest John and family, Rich and I are so sorry for the loss of Joyce. We had the privilege of sharing many years working beside Joyce at Builders For Christ Mission trips. She loved being a part of serving our Lord. You all are in our prayers at this difficult time. We love you, Joyce. RIP. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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