Joyce Allen Means
Joyce Allen Means passed away on Tuesday, October 9th surrounded by her family. Joyce was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on April 14, 1930 and was the daughter of the late Harold and Ethel Allen. She attended Kalamazoo Central High School and then graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1952. Joyce married the love of her life, Richard L. Means, in 1953. For a few years, she taught first grade in Ithaca, New York. After moving back to Kalamazoo, she devoted herself to raising her three children while also being active in PEO, Ladies Library, the First Congregational Church, Suzanna Winslow Guild, and other community programs. After raising her children, she worked in retail at Hudson's and the Gilmore's department stores. Eventually she returned to college and received her medical transcriptionist degree. She worked for the Kalamazoo County Health Department from which she retired after ten years.
Joyce was very concerned about social issues. At the age of 88, she marched in her first protest. She loved the simple things in life. She enjoyed driving through downtown and looking at sights, noticing all of the changes in her beloved Kalamazoo. Later in life she enjoyed her time living in Friendship Village where she loved having lunch with the lunch bunch, singing in the choir, being on the movie committee, and socializing. Joyce loved taking the flowers from Sunday church services to parishioners who lived with her at Friendship Village.
Joyce had a gift of music, an easy laugh, and a huge heart.
She is survived by her children, Julia Means and her companion Marques DeCorte of Kalamazoo, David Means and Geneve Patterson-Means of Nyack, New York, and Martha and Henry Upjohn of Kalamazoo, and her grandchildren, Maxwell (Nyack, New York) and Miranda Means (Brooklyn, New York) and Maggie Upjohn (Kalamazoo), and a brother, Bradley Allen, of Florida, and several nieces and nephews. Along with her husband of over 60 years, Richard, she was preceded in death by her brother, Dennis Allen, and one of her children at birth.
The family would like to thank Rachel Kamm for the wonderful care she gave Joyce over the last 5 years. Services will be held at the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo, 348 West Michigan Avenue, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday October 13th. A luncheon will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church Kalamazoo or InterAct of Kalamazoo.
Donations may be made to:
InterAct of Michigan, Inc.
610 S. Burdick Street, Kalamazoo 49007
First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo
345 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo 49007