Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park

1900 E. Oakland Ave, Johnson City, TN


Joyce Elaine Foster

October 28, 1941July 27, 2019

Joyce Elaine Foster, 77, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019 in Johnson City, Tennessee after a short illness. Joyce was a long time Buckeye, who recently transplanted to God’s country in Johnson City, Tennessee.

She was born October 28, 1941 in Germantown, Ohio, to Arnold Preston Rivers and Mildred Eileen (Smith) Rivers.

Joyce was a member of Parkview United Methodist Church where she worked as the church secretary for over 40 years until her retirement in 2017. Boones Creek Christian Church in Johnson City, Tennessee was her last church home. While there, she was active in the quilting group. She was a volunteer for Blessings in a Bag and Helping Hands Food Pantry in Miamisburg. Joyce was also a member of Emmaus and served up many a breakfast. Always the servant, we will never know all she did for many who she met in her life. She was more comfortable behind the scenes, using her gifts as a seamstress, wicked good cook, gardener and a confidant with a big smile, listening ear, and contagious laugh. Well done.

She is survived by her children, Diana (Chris) Marcott, Todd (Susan) Deisher, Debbie Deisher (crazy Aunt to all children listed!) and Cindy (Todd) Jones; grandchildren, Zachary, Zoe and Zane Marcott, Jessica (Mark) Mandeville, Will (Tania) Foster, Olivia, Garrett, Tori and Nova Joy Jones; great grandchildren, Lilly Gaston and Liam Mandeville; siblings, Forest “Red” Rivers, Frank Rivers, Wanda DeCarlo and Don Stayrook.

Joyce was preceded in the trip to Heaven by her parents; husbands, William R. Foster “Daddy Bill” and Jerry Deisher; and sister, Janet Donthnier.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 10 AM - 12 PM on Friday, August 2, 2019 at Parkview United Methodist Church, 3713 Benner Rd, Miamisburg, OH 45342. A memorial service will follow at 12 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blessings in a Bag or to Helping Hands Food Pantry

Arrangements especially for Mrs. Foster and her family have been made through Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 1900 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN; 423-282-2631 and Gebhart-Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home in Miamisburg, Ohio.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, August 2, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 2, 2019


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Kenneth and Pat Gore

August 2, 2019

Sending our love and prayers to the family on their loss of Joyce. She will definitely be missed by all. Always enjoyed talking with her on Sunday mornings at church. 💕🙏🏻

Kelly Denman

July 31, 2019

May God hold you all close as you grieve your loss and celebrate Heavens gain. We will be out of town and unable to attend but we will be with you in heart. Jeff and Kelly Denman

Angela Lyonsmith

July 31, 2019

My mom’s cousin Joyce was many things to many people... a partner, mother, grandmother, matriarch, church secretary, an older sister to my mom and an incredible maker. I grew up going to Thanksgiving at her home. My mother’s parents and siblings moved away when she finished high school. This resulted in distance that our extended local family did much to alleviate. I am thankful for my great aunts and matriarchs who included us in holiday celebrations, picnics and potlucks which instilled in me a love and appreciation for family. I am thankful for her example of welcoming people to feast at her table. I am thankful for her encouragement of my mom. I am thankful for the delicious pies she would lovingly make for all of us... most of all today I want to share an old fashioned cream pie with my family. It won’t be as good as Joyce’s, but hopefully in some way it’s flavor will remind us that it is okay, and sometimes absolutely necessary, to be sweeter than we need to be...maybe that is what this ridiculously sweet, and my very favorite, pie is all about.😊
Thank you Joyce for the kindness you showed my family. Sending love to your children, grandchildren and all who loved you. ❤️ always. Angela Lyonsmith

Lori Wright

July 31, 2019

I have fond memories of Joyce as I had the pleasure to meet her when she was introduced to "Snowmobiling" with our group. I don't believe she ever knew the impact she made in my life as I was witness to a fun, loving woman of God. Rest in peace sweet sister of God's family.
May God comfort Joyce's family as she has passed to be with our Eternal Father.
Blessings to you all,
Lori Wright, Brookville OH

Rosemary Schenck

July 31, 2019

To Joyce`s Family ,

I rarely walk in the church without expecting to see Joyce at her desk in the office. She was such a vital part of Parkview`s mission for many years.

We missed her when she moved to Tennessee and we will forever miss her now.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She is gone from us, but not forgotten.

Rosemary Schenck

Erin Michels

July 31, 2019

I loved Aunt Joyce's sense of humor, she had quick wit. There were times when she would make a remark, straight-faced, I would do a double-take to make sure I'd heard her correctly, and then laugh.
Aunt Joyce had a way of making others feel at ease. I remember a time when Kahla and I stayed overnight at her house. Aunt Joyce showed us around her home, telling us where everything was, things we could do while we were visiting, and then she headed into the kitchen. Kahla and I followed her and that's where we stayed for the rest of the evening. We had such a good time with Aunt Joyce- she told us stories, let us help her in the kitchen, and listened to everything we had to say.
I cherish the time I was able to spend with her.

All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Cousin Erin