Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home

2408 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL


Joyce M. Joseph

October 5, 1924September 15, 2019

Joyce M. Joseph, 94, of Peoria, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019 at her home in Peoria.

She was born October 5, 1924 in Suffolk, England to John and Maude (Last) Gayfer. She married Samuel J. Joseph December 21, 1944 in England. He preceded her in death February 9, 1996 in Peoria. Also preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are her six children, Marie Bott of Chillicothe, Sharon Joseph, John Joseph, Douglas Joseph, Sheila (Ray) Robinson, Russell Joseph all of Peoria; eleven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Joyce will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was totally devoted to caring for her family. She was the best English born Lebanese cook in Peoria. She was a member of the Itoo Society Ladies Club, worked as a caterer with R & R Catering for many years and volunteered at Saint Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church in Peoria.

A visitation will be Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 9:30 am until the start of the funeral mass at 11:00 am at Saint Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church in Peoria. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to Saint Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church or to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. Words of comfort can be shared with the family at www.woolsey-wilton.com.


  • John Gayfer, Father
  • Maude Last Gayfer, Mother
  • Samuel J. Joseph, Husband
  • Marie Bott, Daughter
  • Sharon Joseph, Daughter
  • John Joseph, Son
  • Douglas Joseph, Son
  • Sheila and Ray Robinson, Daughter
  • Russell Joseph, Son
  • - Eleven Grandchildren
  • - Eight Great-Grandchildren
  • Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, John and Maude; her husband, Samuel; and three sisters.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, September 19, 2019


Joyce M. Joseph

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Michael Gayfer

September 16, 2019

In loving memory of a Dearest Aunt whose Love and Generosity crossed the Atlantic to be with us in England. It was our pleasure to be able to visit her in Peoria and to be included in her wonderful family.
Our thoughts and love are with you all.
God Bless
Love Michael and Sue xx