77, of Mattoon, Illinois, passed away at 2:20 PM, Tuesday September 17, 2019, in Heartland Christian Village of Neoga, Illinois. She was born June 12, 1942, in Shelbyville, Illinois, the daughter of James and Helen (McDonald) Thompson. She married Lewie "Joe" French, June 11, 1963 in Mattoon. Joyce was a retired Owner/Operator of Helping Hands Daycare in Mattoon, for over 37 years and a member of the Maranantha Baptist Church in Mattoon.
Mrs. French leaves her husband, Joe of Mattoon; Children, James French (Jackie) of Trilla, Brian French (Tina) of Trilla, Lori Masulis (Charles) of Mattoon, and Marla VanScyoc (Dale) of Neoga; brothers, James Thompson (Connie) of Charleston, Gary Thompson (Vicky) of Windsor and Jerry Thompson (Marla) of Windsor; sister, Carole Burke (Mike) of Mattoon; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by, her parents; and one grandson, Tyler Masulis.
Memorials are suggested to the family C/O Marla VanScyoc 993 Co. Rd. 625 E. Neoga, IL 62447.
A Celebration of Joyce’s life will be at 11:00 AM Friday, September 20, 2019 in the Swengel - O'Dell Funeral Home of Neoga, with Pastor Dan Haifley officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Long Point Cemetery of Neoga.
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