OBITUARY

Joyce Jean Farhat

August 7, 1930November 28, 2013

Joyce Jean Farhat Williamston, Michigan Joyce Farhat, loving mother and grandmother, snappy dresser, amazing conversationalist and lifelong foodie entered eternal life on Thursday, Nov. 28 at the age of 83. Those 83 years were filled with several lifetimes’ worth of experiences and for that, we are all thankful. Much of her life was spent by the side of her husband, professional wrestler The Sheik (Edward Farhat Sr.), which meant world travel was plentiful, screaming fans were the norm and that watching her husband mow the lawn in a Speedo emblazoned with a camel was just going to be part of everyday life. She spent time in the ring with Sheik as Princess Fatima, which meant she had a front-row seat to the amazing and crazy world of professional wrestling. She is respected and revered by the wrestling community to this day and recounted her days in the spotlight as some of the best of her life. And what a life it was. Never lacking for compassion or love, Joyce was rich with generosity that extended a warm home, helping hand or words of encouragement to friends, family, strangers and those lucky enough to be standing in line near her at the grocery store. She loved to dance and could always be counted on to get the party started. All she needed was a willing partner and a song preferably released by Kenny Rogers, Donna Summer or Dolly Parton. Joyce loved to write – about everything and to so many. You may read this and recall a letter from her that touched your heart, made you laugh or made you think. Hold on to those letters for a rainy day – her perspective and advice is timeless. She loved to talk and could often be found on the phone with friends (her grandchildren may or may not have gotten this particular trait from her), gabbing with a familiar face while running errands or huddled in a cozy corner at a family party catching up with her many nieces and nephews. She loved life. She loved her family. She loved. She loved. Joyce is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whose photos and anecdotes she would proudly share with anyone willing to indulge her: sons Eddie Farhat Jr. and Tom (Kari) Farhat; grandchildren Jennifer Farhat, Ed Farhat III, Susi (Joe) Cox (children Renae, Joey and Molli) and Kelli (Sean) Farhat. She is also survived by three wonderful siblings she loved and considered her dearest friends, Nancy (J.R.) Ording, Jimmy (Diane) Fleser and Pat (Judy) Fleser; as well as an extended family of relations and friends from every walk of life, too numerous to list but not forgotten. Joyce is now reunited with the love of her life, Sheik, and her parents Ellen and Francis Fleser, as well as many other in-laws and friends we have no doubt she’s having one helluva time catching up with. The family would love to celebrate Joyce’s amazing life with you at a visitation at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Williamston Chapel; 205 E. Middle St., on Thursday December 5 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm, with Rosary at 7:30pm, and the Catholic Memorial Mass on Friday December 6 at 11am at St. Mary Catholic Church; 157 High St. Williamston. In lieu of flowers, you’re encouraged to make a donation to Hospice of Lansing; 4052 Legacy Parkway, suite 200, Lansing, MI 48911. The family would also like to thank the amazing nurses and staff at Sparrow Hospital (especially in the CCU and Oncology units) who made the end of Joyce’s life comfortable and dignified, while allowing family and friends to surround her with love and laughter, just as she’d have wanted.

Services

  • Memorial Mass Friday, December 6, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2013
REMEMBERING

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DAWN CASEY

December 22, 2013

I HAVE SO MANY FOND MEMORIES OF JOYCE AND THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD AND OUR SORORITY DAYS TOGETHER. SHE WAS A VERY DEAR PERSON TO ME AS WAS HER WHOLE FAMILY. I AM SURE SHE IS HAPPY TO BE BACK WITH SHIEK AND HER PARENTS AT HOME. MY HEARTFELT SYMPATHY TO ALL .
DAWN CASEY (CLEARWATER, FL.

Doug and Karen Thornton

December 9, 2013

Many fond memories of Joyce and her enthusiasm and love of life. One great lady with true heart. Our condolences to all of her family.

Karen Carter

December 8, 2013

I only got to meet Joyce once, and she was really sweet. She treated me just like a friend or family member. You are now in the presence of The Lord.

Brad McFarlin

December 8, 2013

Joyce and her husband The Sheik were the very first "important" people in professional wrestling to help me get started in the business. They were always kind, and I'll never forget it...

Brad McFarlin

Debbie Farhat

December 5, 2013

I will always remember Aunt Joyce as a loving aunt who was full of energy and showed her emotions easily...God bless her and her family now and always.

Cindy Davis

December 4, 2013

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." This is my favorite quote from an old headstone I came across through my work. I believe this to be true as Joyce will always bring loving memories to her family and friends, yet our hearts will continue to ache for some time.

December 3, 2013

Dear Nancy and Judy,
I have many happy memories of going to the "Oasis" with my sister, Virginia, and school classmates. I have pictures of dancing with Sherry Harding and just having a good time. Have really missed Joyce and the Sheik and the fun they brought into our young lives.
God Bless you and your family.
Margaret (Mattson) Travis, Williamston, MI

Ramon Russell

December 3, 2013

Sorry, to hear about the Farhat loss, you are in my prayers.

Mark Farhat

December 3, 2013

To the Farhat family and relatives,I am sorry to hear about the passing of cousin Joyce.When I was at a meet in florida with Dan the Beast Severn alot of the wrestlers were saying great things about cousin Joyce,the Sheik and you whole family. May she rest in peace. Mark Farhat

Les Pomerville

December 2, 2013

Eternal Rest Grant to her, Lord, and may Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her; May she Rest in Peace!