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“John, No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. But take comfort in knowing that Joyce is now resting in the arms of our Lord....Read More »
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Joyce W. Lamar, 76, entered into her rest with the Lord Jesus Christ on September 29, 2014 at home. She was thankful for the efforts that many doctors and nurses made on her behalf, including her primary care physician, Dr. Bryan Baines, in her fight with cancer.
Born in Birmingham, AL on April 18, 1938 to Leslie Samuel and Virginia Gail Woodin, both deceased along with her much younger brother Robert. A graduate of West End High School and the University of Alabama she majored in Education in order to teach English and Biology in High School. She put herself through the University by working as a secretary for different employers, as she was a skilled stenographer and excellent typist. She married John E. Lamar in 1961 and they moved to Virginia in 1963 for his career at NASA Langley. Survived by husband, John; two children Virginia L. Denner (husband Richard) of Plessis, New York and John W. Lamar (wife Tammy) of Tabb, VA; seven grandchildren, Joshua Fleming, Jennifer Denner, Jacob Denner (and future wife Erica Martin), Joyce Denner, Devin Lamar, Austin Lamar, Colten Lamar and one great-grand child, Aiden Denner; her beloved brother Leslie S. Woodin, Jr. (wife Kathy); out-of-state cousins, nieces and nephew(s); and numerous adopted children and grandchildren along the way. She loved people and impacted their lives for Jesus.
She taught H.S. math in Christiansburg, VA, was the volunteer coordinator at Richneck Elementary School where the children attended and also taught there for a brief time. Her love was teaching children and she taught 4K and 2nd grade at the Denbigh Christian Academy (DCA) for over 26 years. She was always bringing new ideas to help make her classes more interesting along with incorporating Jesus into the lessons. She was stubborn when she was in the right and would not back down to accommodate you until her point of view was seen. After retiring from teaching, she still volunteered at the DCA in whatever capacity they needed, which was primarily secretarial. She loved books and helped organize the DCA library.
She loved plants and animals and served as the president of a garden club when living in the Windsor Great Park section of Newport News. While in CA, she was a volunteer at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History a subject she loved. Moreover, she had a grace few women possess.
She loved to sing as she had perfect pitch in choir and did so wherever she and her family settled into a new congregation. She was an avid and award-winning photographer, expressive in the art-world using various means, writer of children stories and her autobiography which was given to family members and others that she loved. An English grammar editor for many, including her husband, maker of blankets for many loved ones, and restorer/maker of dolls/bears for many missionaries. She really wanted to be a foreign missionary but ended up as a facilitator for others.
Funeral service officiated by Reverend Russell Evenson and Reverend Bob Collins will be held 2 p.m. Friday, October 3, 2014 at World Outreach Worship Center, 1233 Shields Road, Newport News, VA 23608. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the church.
In memory of Joyce the family requests that donations be made to the Denbigh Christian Academy, 1233 Shields Road, Newport News, VA. 23608.
Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point.