Joyce Brown Eriksen

September 17, 1929January 30, 2019

Joyce Brown Eriksen, 89 years old, went home to the Lord on January 30, 2019. She resided in Chesapeake, VA, and was a former resident of Mathew’s County, VA. Joyce is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Norman G. Eriksen. She is survived by three children, Christy Madeo (husband, Pete Madeo), Ronald Eriksen and Russ Eriksen (wife, Tamara Eriksen); eight grandchildren, Eva Mae Honeysuckle, Debra Fay Madeo, Patricia Boyles, Bronwyn Kelly Madeo, Teresa Eriksen Lanphere, Braden Jon Eriksen, Jarrett Nelson Eriksen, and Kelvin Josiah Eriksen; and 18 great-grandchildren. She traveled extensively with her husband as a result of his military career. She mostly enjoyed her role of mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.


  • Christy Madeo, Daughter
  • Pete Madeo, Son-in-law
  • Ronald Eriksen, Son
  • Russ Eriksen, Son
  • Tamara Eriksen, Daughter-in-law
  • Mrs. Eriksen also leaves 8 grandchildren, Eva Mae Honeysuckle, Debra Fay Madeo, Patricia Boyles, Bronwyn Kelly Madeo, Teresa Eriksen Lanphere, Braden Jon Eriksen, Jarrett Nelson Eriksen, and Kelvin Josiah Eriksen; and 18 great-grandchildren.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 2, 2019

Joyce Brown Eriksen

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Elaine Murphy

February 16, 2019

Joyce was a very special member of the Outreach Sunday School Class at Kempsville Baptist Church. She will always be remembered as a deeply religious, caring person. She was usually more interested in others than focusing on herself.

What we especially remember was her willingness to forgive others as our Lord forgives us. From time to time, she would lead the Class in "The Lord's Prayer".

Joyce will always be remembered by her friends at Kempsville Baptist Church as a very sweet and kind Christian lady. We feel blessed to have known her.

Eva Honeysuckle

February 5, 2019

My grandma was a beautiful lady inside and out. I'll never forget our visits to VA Beach as a teenager. Grandma would always tell me that I looked like I put on a few pounds but then at the dinner table she'd load my plate up with more food before it was empty. She never made me feel like I wasn't born into this incredible family. Her presence at out adoption party was so heart felt and never forgotten . I love you Grandma and I know that you and Grandpa are watching over us all!
There was magic in grandmother’s touch,
and sunshine in her smile.
There was love in everything she did
to make our lives worthwhile.
We found both hope and courage
just by looking in her eyes.
Her laughter was a source of joy,
her words warm and wise.
There was a kindness and compassion
found in her embrace,
And shining down from Heaven above
we see the glow of Grandma’s face.

Agnes Dickerson

February 1, 2019

Joyce, was a loving and caring friend. We cherish all our memories of her, when she lived in . Harrisonburg. Our love and sympathy to all of her family. We will miss her, too.

Eileen Ashberry Lemon

February 1, 2019

Christy, Ronnie, Russell and families,

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I have lots of good memories over the years and especially of the time we were all neighbors down in Mathews on the East River. Remembering each of you at this difficult time and keeping the family in prayer. Cherish your memories!

Eileen Ashberry Lemon
Bedford, VA

Janet Smith

February 1, 2019

Mrs. Eriksen and my late mother became fast friends as members of Harrisonburg Baptist Church. They enjoyed church-sponsored trips to sites in Virginia and to Myrtle Beach to "escape" the winter weather. As Mom's health deteriorated, Mrs. Eriksen was a faithful visitor and encourager. I will remember her as a lovely lady who lived her faith.

Sharon Wampler

January 31, 2019

Joyce was one of the loveliest women I've ever known. As her friend I felt much loved. I loved having her in our XYZ Singers, and appreciated her sweet spirit as she served in our church. I am thankful to have been able to visit with her in her Chesapeake home a couple of times, and wish I could have been with her more often in recent years. Both she and Norman were delightful, loving friends. I'm so thankful to have known them.

Julie McClay

January 31, 2019

I am sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of her presence at events when our paths crossed here in Harrisonburg at school and family events. She was a thoughtful, kind lady who asked questions and was interested in those around her. Sending love to you all.

Betty Jane Duncan

January 31, 2019

Your mom, our Aunt Joyce, was such a dear sweet lady and such an important part of our lives growing up. Her wit and joy for life was always evident, as well as her devotion and deep love for ALL of her family. We share in your loss, but rejoice in her gain at Heaven's doors. Oh, the reunion going on there today!!! We love each of you, cousins and friends!
Betty Jane & family