Joyce H. Glasson (nee Holmes) passed away peacefully on March 6, 2023 at Forest Manor Health Care Center in Hope, NJ. She was 91.
Joyce was born in East Orange, NJ on February 9, 1932 and was the daughter of the late Mary (Lord) Holmes and Everett Holmes. Raised in Short Hills, NJ, Joyce graduated from Millburn High School and then attended Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts.
Joyce’s career aspirations took a detour when she met Jim Glasson at Cranberry Lake, NJ. They married and started a family in River Vale, NJ where they shared many happy memories until Jim’s sudden passing in 1976. Joyce continued to raise four children as a single parent and proved her strength and resilience throughout those years. Always willing to learn and grow, Joyce took a number of positions in different industries to provide for her family. She also took the occasional opportunity to take a break and travel, something she especially loved to do.
Joyce’s artistic flair was evident in all aspects of her life. She created a perennial garden at her home in Cranberry Lake, NJ that provided beautiful flowers each year for all to enjoy. She designed and sewed all types of clothing and made the most awesome Irish Fisherman sweaters. She even learned to upholster and slipcover her own furniture. Later in life, when she had her antique business, she became an expert in furniture refinishing and restored many old pieces to their former glory.
Joyce also loved the theater and had season tickets to the Paper Mill Playhouse where she worked as teenager. She often provided her children and grandchildren the opportunity to see a live production fostering their love of the theater as well.
Joyce adored her pets and was known to rescue a litter of kittens found on the side of the road or take in a stray or unwanted dog. She was especially fond of her last dog, Muffin who was a terrific companion in her later years.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Jim, Joyce was predeceased by her sister, Mary Jean Merritt. Joyce is survived by her children and their spouses: Cindy and Dave Lisk of Bridgewater, NJ, Jim and Erin Glasson of Sparta, NJ, Steve and Lisa Glasson of Cranberry Lake, NJ, and Bonnie and Jim Oscovitch of Cranberry Lake, NJ; her loving grandchildren, Bonnie, Rachel, Jimmy, Kelly (Kiril), Veronica, Steven, Matthew and Abby.
A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held on a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to a charity of choice that promotes the arts.
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Irma Humphries saysMarch 9, 2023 at 2:00 am
Sorry for your loss; my prayers with you and your family.
Joe & Roxanne saysMarch 9, 2023 at 1:29 pm
Please accept our condolences. Prayers and thoughts for your family.
Peggy saysMarch 10, 2023 at 12:23 am
So sorry to hear about your loss. Your mom was an incredible and inspiring woman. She always had a kind word and would take the time to say hello to everyone at the lake. Keeping you all in my prayers
Art Beveridge saysMarch 19, 2023 at 3:02 pm
My earliest recollection of my cousin, Joyce, was when she was in her little Crosley. That made her beauty even cooler. The next memory was when we drove out to see our third cousins in Ohio. We broke down at almost half way there coming from New Jersey. We finally decided to get everyone on a bus and adventure on. Joyce and Jim were wonderful people to their stringy, bony, and much younger cousin. I will never forget the kindness, patience, and love they gave me. My condolences to their wonderful family.
Holly Gallagher saysMarch 22, 2023 at 12:07 am
Dear Cindy, Dave, Bonnie, Rachel and all of the family. I’m so sorry to hear of Mom’s passing. I got to spend time with her at Cedar Crest, Rivervale and Cranberry Lake. She was a wonderful lady. I’m glad I had the privilege to get to know her and your family. I will always cherish those memories.