Joyce C. Champney

April 24, 1932June 26, 2019

Joyce C. Champney, 87 of Marlow, passed away on June 26, 2019 in the comfort of her home following a period of declining health.

She was born on April 24, 1932 in Phillipston, MA, the daughter of George and Florence (Green) Willis. At eight years old, Joyce’s family relocated to East Alstead. She attended area schools and graduated from Vilas High School.

On August 28, 1951 Joyce married Harold R. Champney, Sr. Shortly after, they moved to Marlow where they would forever call home and raise their four children.

Joyce dearly loved children and dedicated herself to caring for and teaching the local children of Marlow through her self-run preschool. She found much joy in preparing the children for grade school as they studied ABC’s, 123’s, nursery rhymes, and how to write their names. Later in life, she shared this passion of education while nurturing her grandchildren.

A tradition that Joyce enjoyed was her regular ladies tea group she hosted in her home. She had been a member of the Marlow United Methodist Church for many years. Joyce loved being outdoors whether it was fishing, flower gardening, splitting wood or working in her yard. Joyce was a proud, strong willed, determined, independent woman. She taught her children and grandchildren independence by example. Joyce cherished her family above all things. She always had room for one more person at her holiday table.

Joyce will be greatly missed by her children: Carole Bleau and her husband Randy of Keene, Kay Davidson of Troy, Harold R. Champney, Jr. and his wife Lori of Phoenix, AZ, and Nancy Tomasko and her husband Allen of Marlow; grandchildren: James Marden, Jr., Patience (Champney) Fisher, Kanessa Champney, Asia Davidson, Egypt Davidson, Veronica Tomasko, and Henry Tomasko; great-grandchildren: Montgomery Marden, Montana Marden, Marcus Marden, Spencer Blake, Clayton Blake, Violet Miravet, Azalea Miravet, Iris Fisher, and Ivie Fisher; sister: Rose Elliott of Marlow; longtime friend who enjoyed tea time every day with Joyce: Linda Kendall of Marlow; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members.

She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years: Harold R. Champney, Sr.; grandchild: Christie Blake; great-grandchild: Trey Blake; and several siblings.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 3 at 11:00 am at the Village Cemetery, Church Street, Marlow, NH.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joyce C. Champney’s name to the Marlow Ambulance, PO Box 275, Marlow, NH 03456 or the Marlow United Methodist Church, PO Box 4, Marlow, NH 03456.


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, July 3, 2019


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Carol Pariseau

July 3, 2019

Sincere sympathy to you all. We have many fond memories of visiting at Aunt Joyce’s house.
Love Carol Willis Pariseau, Cora Willis Cooper, Bobby Willis Jr