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Joyce B Pollard

November 26, 1933May 18, 2020

Joyce B Pollard

November 26, 1933 – May 18, 2020

Joyce was born in Mt. Victory, Kentucky in November, 1933 to Albert and Bonnie Sears. Her family moved from Kentucky to Sunfield, Michigan in the late 1940’s when her family relocated to Michigan. They were looking for jobs in the auto industry. She graduated from Sunfield High School in 1953.

Anyone who knew Joyce knew her as a kind and giving woman. Her children and grandchildren were the center of her world. She loved children and gave much of her time and treasurers to any child she knew. She was always ready to help anyone in need and was generous to all. You could always find Joyce at a ball game rooting on one of her grandchildren. She loved family reunions, camping, snowmobiling, quilting, fishing trips to Canada, and participated in the Red Hat Society. Joyce was an avid bowler and made many friends at the bowling alley. People near and far looked forward to their phone ringing and hearing Joyce’s voice calling to say, “How are you doing honey?”

Joyce retired from General Motors, Oldsmobile in 1991. She was a hard worker and made many friends at UAW Local 652.

Joyce survived an early bout of colon cancer and then was afflicted with breast cancer. She battled hard but succumbed to this terrible disease.

Joyce is preceded in death by her mother, Bonnie Sears; her husband, Russell Pollard; and her son-in-law Bobbie Finley, Jr. She is survived by her brothers Doug Sears and Terry Sears, Jean (Margene) Sears, and Albert (Cindy) Sears; her five children: Vicki (Craig) Wenzel, Debbie (Bobbie) Finley, Barry Palmer and Marta Sinclair, Roxann Brown-Palmer, Jodi (Bob) Wagner. Her grandchildren Heather (Jay) White, Christy (Jimmy) Bourdlais, Carly (Jeff) Sanford, Cayce Palmer, Dan (Gina) Wagner, Kim (Ken) Ennis, Jessi (Ted) Maschke, Adam (Kaitlyn) Palmer, and Brandi Wagner. She had 9 great-grandchildren: Carter, Quinn, Bodi, Kalin, Maci, Eliza, Adalyn, Jaxtyn, and Avaya.

Joyce will be laid to rest at Gunnisonville Cemetery in DeWitt with immediate family members attending. A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to:

Hospice House of Mid-Michigan

1210 W Saginaw Hwy

Lansing MI 48915

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Jodi Wagner

May 24, 2020

My mom has been the rock of our family for years. She loved us children with all of her heart. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Heck she loved just about everyone! It made me incredibly sad and angry when she had to battle breast cancer but she did it with grace. My mom just wasn’t one to complain about it. There are so many things I will miss, from little things like her telephone calls to the bigger things like being together for holidays. She’s going to be missed so much but I have faith and know that I will be reunited with her again! I love you mom, forever 💗

Debbie Putman

May 24, 2020

Joyce and my Father Frank Willoughby grew up in KY...I had the honor of meeting Joyce and Russ when She and My Dad moved to Lansing, MI...She would always come over with her Sweet Potato Pie, that I fell in love with...Her and Russ were very sweet people that our family adored..R.I.P. Joyce, we all love you.

Agnes Morris

May 22, 2020

Joyce was neighbor for many years her children played together with mine she also helped deliver my son at Imgham medical Hospital in 1963 she was a great person we still would talk to each other every now and then she will see my husband in heaven as Tom and Joyce would always told jokes Tom passed away April 2nd 2020

Jenny Cole Ryan

May 22, 2020

Our Deepest Condolences to all of Joyce's Family. May her loving memory embrace each of you with comfort. Joyce, was a Kind, Loving Lady to all that had the Honor of Knowing her. She, always had a Gift to make one feel very special in this big world. I was so honored in having her as a Cousin, Friend and Mentor. You will always live in our Heart Joyce. Fly High Among the Angels Sweet Lady. Your Loving Cousins Jenny and David Ryan


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