Joyce F. Pellam, 85, Lowville

LOWVILLE, NY – Joyce F, Pellam, 85, of Emi Lane, Lowville, NY, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, and surrounded by family and friends at the Hospice of Jefferson County at the Ellis Farm in Watertown.

Mrs. Pellam was born, Joyce Emily Foote, on March 12, 1934, in Martinsburg, the daughter of the late James T. and Clara M. (Clarke) Foote. She graduated in 1951 from Lowville Academy and Central School.

She was united in marriage to Vernon L. Pellam on May 22, 1954 at the Lowville Baptist Church with Rev. William W. Swain, pastor, officiating.

Joyce and Vern made their first home on Dewitt St., eventually moving to Bostwick St. and then, finally to their home on James Street. Joyce worked as Deputy County Clerk for the Lewis County Clerk’s Office, retiring in 1991. Vernon died on March 22, 2010.

Joyce was an avid bowler in local leagues at the Lewis Lanes, where she also taught Junior bowling on Saturday mornings. She participated in and won many tournaments. When Joyce wasn’t bowling, she could be found on Carlowden and Brantingham golf courses, where she won a fair number of championships.

Joyce was an active member at the Lowville Baptist Church, serving in many capacities. Up until her passing, she was one of the oldest members of the church, of which she was very proud. She began singing in the choir at the age of 10 and will be remembered for her beautiful voice. Joyce loved to dance and met her Vern on the dance floor. It is probably where they are right now. Joyce was a kind and giving person with a selfless nature and caring personality. She will truly be missed by many.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Melissa P. (Robert A.) Coy of Sydenham, Ontario, her grandson, Jacob P. Coy (Marissa Dwight) of Kingston, Ontario, two brothers, Duane (Tina) Foote and Paul Foote; her two sisters, Sharon DeLawyer and Frances Lehman, nieces and nephews.

Joyce was predeceased by her sister, Leigh Legary, and her sister-in-law, Donna Foote.

Her memorial service will be noon Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at the Lowville Baptist Church. A calling hour will precede the service 11 a.m. to noon at the church.

Memorial donations can be made in Joyce’s name to:  Hospice of Jefferson County,1398 Gotham St. Watertown, NY 13601

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