Private Burial will be at Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Joyce Alexander McDonald

July 8, 1933April 20, 2020

Joyce Alexander McDonald, 86, a life-long resident of Mt. Sidney went peacefully to be with her Lord on April 20, 2020.

A daughter of the late Raymond and Mary Croushorn Alexander, she was born on July 8, 1933 in Mt. Sidney on the kitchen table while her Aunt Ruth was making bread. She was the only granddaughter born to the late George N. and Lettie Landis Croushorn.

Joyce graduated from Mt. Sidney High School in 1951. Following her passion for music, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Madison College. She was a band director at Madison County High School and librarian at Augusta Military Academy where she was the first female instructor; her husband was also an instructor there. She also taught for Augusta County Schools. She and her husband were also teachers at Luray High School and commuted to school. She returned to Madison College and earned her Master’s Degree in counseling. They built their final home in 1976 and her father was one of the main contractors.

Joyce was a lifetime member at Salem Lutheran Church in Mt. Sidney where she served as the church organist for many years. She was an avid Christian and very devoted to God and her church.

On June 24, 1967 she married James Hugh McDonald who preceded her in death.

Surviving is a nephew, Jason Eubanks of Mt. Sidney; VA, grandson, Adrian Eubanks of Mt. Sidney, VA; her sister, Carolyn Eubanks of Verona, VA; cousins, Nelson Croushorn of Raphine, VA, Kim Garrison of Weyers Cave, VA, Norma Friedrich of Ruckersville, VA, Patsy Cruz and her daughters, Cielo and Christine Cruz of Mount Sidney VA; her cat, Chica; special friends, Mary Jackson of Augusta County, VA, Phil Johnson of Mt. Sidney, VA, and Bev & Warren Wise of Mt. Solon, VA; and her extended Kuklinski Family in Baltimore, MD.

Burial will be private at Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery with Pastor Derek Boggs officiating.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Salem Lutheran Church, 417 Salem Church Road, Mt. Sidney, VA 24467.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyweyerscave.com


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Mary Huffer

April 25, 2020

I knew Joyce as the Middle School Counselor for Stuarts Draft Middle School 1984. We rode together to our school from the P.O. at Fort Defiance. She was a delight and also heard her play the organ and piano for Salem Lutheran Ch. Joyce Jim and I also enjoyed exchanging ideas about our Valley Pools. . . cleaning, chlorinating and solar blankets. She spoke of her nephew Jason and I am glad you will be able to continue her legacy of giving back to our Mt. Sidney Community. May she rest in peace and may we all meet again in eternity. Mary M. Huffer, Mt. Sidney, Va

Al & Phyllis Saufley

April 25, 2020

Our sincere sympathy to all of Joyce's family. She & I were fellow students at the Weyers Cave High School. We suffered together through the startup of the first school band. Years later, I helped organize several of our high school reunions and will always remember Joyce and her willingness to help with the programs for these events.

Faith Rumph

April 23, 2020

To Joyce's family:

I am the daughter of Evalena Croushorn Heflin who was born in Weyer's Cave and spent some years living there with her father, James Wm. Croushorn, and her brothers Roscoe, William, and Charles. Her mother was Alice B. Swartz Croushorn who lived there till the whole family moved to Catlett, VA. because of her mother's diabetes (MD advised them to move.) They lived near the Lutheran church at Weyer's Cave. My grandfather James was the son of Wm. Frederick Croushorn, son of Nicholas Croushorn, son of the immigrant, Jakob (Jacob). I also got a degree in music education from Madison College in 1972. I send sincere condolences. (Marylin) Faith Heflin Rumph of Orange

bonnie rusmisel

April 23, 2020

Kim and Family, what a lovely lady. Sounds like she touched many lives along her journey and will be sadly missed. Please know you are all in our prayers during this especially tough time. Love & Blessings

Melanie Smith

April 22, 2020

Dear Jason and family,
So very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May Joyce Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory!
Melanie and Frank Smith

Ramona Leeth

April 22, 2020

Jason and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Joyce was a special person and I enjoyed knowing her through Uncle Lurty and Aunt Audrey! Hope your happy memories of her loving spirit
will comfort you in the days to come. Love, Ramona