Joyce Marie Dowell
December 19, 1948 – March 7, 2019
A seventy year span of giving and forgiving began in 1948 with the birth of a daughter to Joseph Leon Piver and Marcelane Lewis Piver. This bearer of love and light was named Joyce Marie. At the family home in Ash, North Carolina, she was at once a playful child, a diligent farm worker, the keeper of her siblings Linda and Kevin, and later Donna, and she was the centerpiece of her daddy’s purview.
Her dollbaby could be found in her arms nearly all the time for years. Tinkering with a toy piano started at age 5. And this young one would not stand to be muddy or dirty at all. These inclinations were precursors to her future, as her nurturing, her musicality, and cleanliness would become lifelong traits.
She attended Waccamaw School where she was naturally successful and much liked. In 1961, she married Mickey Dowell, to whom she was a loyal and honorable wife. In 1968, she became the mother to her son and always treated him as a treasure.
True and faithful, the loving, meek, fearlessness of her Lord the Christ was central to her every action, with her kind, soft demeanor matched only by her wisdom and commitment to rightness. Service to others far outweighed service to self. Encouragement and uplifting consolation were among her standard offerings.
Her talent as a pianist became masterful. The scope of her artistry also included songwriting, drawing, and painting. She was a published poet.
Pleasure was found in nature’s splendor; especially flowers, butterflies, and beaches. She adored colorful, pretty things. She was a colorful, pretty gift.
Joyce’s presence proved her name fitting since she was a source of joy to any fortunate enough to know her. Humor and laughter were commonplace.
With a constitution never failing and a character never faltering, her example is most notable and admirable.
Though having left the physical plane on March 7, 2019, the resonance of this warm and devoted woman will continue to inform and grace us and our realm even as she attains her richly deserved glory for an impressive victory.
Left to cherish her memory in addition to her husband Mickey is her sister Lynn and brothers Donnie and Dale, and many other family members and friends.
Joyce’s graveside service will be Saturday, March 9, 2019 at eleven o’clock in the morning at Piver Cemetery in Ash.
You may offer online condolences at www.shallottefunerals.com White Funeral and Cremation Service, Shallotte Chapel
- Graveside Service Saturday, March 9, 2019
Joyce Marie Dowell
March 8, 2019
Rest in peace in the loving arms of the Lord my dear sweet friend.