OBITUARY

Joyce Merry DeFoley

October 15, 1943January 7, 2018

Joyce Merry DeFoley, 74, passed into eternal life on January 7, 2018. She was born on October 15, 1943 in Morristown, NJ. She is predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Lenore Pike DeFoley, and her infant son, David. She is survived by her daughter, Robyn Rotante, and grandchildren, Daniel (18) and Eliza (17) of Cresskill, NJ.

Joyce attended Yorktown Heights High School in Yorktown, NY. Following high school, she attended The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, NY. Upon graduation, Joyce worked in the fashion district as a designer. Marriage in 1968 led to residency in Bergenfield, NJ. Joyce was involved in civic events where she also served two terms as President of The Bergenfield Elks women’s auxiliary, The Emblem Club. After moving to Raleigh, NC, Joyce worked for 22 years at A.E. Finley YMCA. She was active in a bible study at the Y. Joyce was passionate about her “Y Family” and embraced their mission.

A service will be held 11am Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Chapel, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 with inurnment following in the church columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to A.E. Finley YMCA in Raleigh, https://www.ymcatriangle.org/fundraising/give-back

Condolences may be sent through: www.brownwynne.com

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Service Tuesday, January 16, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Inurnment

Memories

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January 19, 2018

Robyn so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She was a beautiful person and mother.Treated her friends like family She will be missed . Theresa Nutter

Rose Finley

January 16, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Ms. Joyce passing. She always had a bright cheerful smile when I would see her at the Y. She will be missed. Prayers to her family.

Howard Perry

January 16, 2018

A beautiful person and a wonderful soul may you rest in peace Joyce

Mike Osborne

January 15, 2018

I am very sad today to hear of Joyce's passing. Everyone who knew Joyce will always miss her smiling face and encouraging words. Her love of family and friends was very evident and we will truly miss this beautiful soul. We pass on our condolences to her immediate family, she spoke lovingly of you often. May you rest in peace Joyce.

Lisa Corbin

January 14, 2018

I met Joyce at the Y many years ago when I lived in Raleigh. She became my friend as well as my Mother's friend. I loved our morning chats and admired her dedication and hard work at the Y. We stayed in touch when I moved to SC and then Fl. I will miss her welcoming smile and encouraging words. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Howard Perry

January 14, 2018

It is with great sadness that I hear that Joyce Defoley has passed. She was a dear friend to our family and a wonderful and caring person. May your rest in peace Joyce, you will truly be missed by all whom lives you touched. To Robyn your daughter I send my thoughts and prayers and I am sorry for your loss.

Maydene Segrest

January 14, 2018

I just received the news and am very sad to learn of Joyce's passing. She was devoted to the Y and very passionate about its mission. Sending condolences to her daughter Robyn and the family. RIP Joyce.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY