Jacqueline C. Joyce


Jacqueline Camilla (Williams) Joyce was born September 24, 1953 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Edith (Williams) Jefferson and Donald Threatt. Jacky accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and always lived her life as a Woman of God. She is also predeceased by brother, Donald Threatt, Jr. and stepfather, Samuel Jefferson.

Jacky graduated from Central High School and later went on to become an EEO Investigator and Compliance Officer with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, retiring in 2002. During this time, she was also an avid and skilled player with the UBIQUITY Women’s Softball Team (affectionately known as the UBQTs).

Jacky and husband Thomas were also respected and loved foster care parents for more than 20 years, sharing their hearts and home with over 100 children during that time. Even today, many of those children have remained in contact and have been constants in their lives.

An ardent and devoted Steelers fan, you would see her team spirit throughout her home with the clothes she wore, and her place in her special chair during any and all things Steelers – which was always great to compare that to what her husband had as a Cleveland Browns fan.

Jacky touched the lives of everyone with whom she came in contact. She was loving, generous, kind, and would give you all she had if she knew it would help you be better, do better. Moreover, she was unafraid to share The Word of God – It is what she believed, what she trusted, what she lived.

Her greatest joys were her son, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her Godchildren. Her house was always full of laughter, but also filled with life lessons. You knew you had overstepped when her big eyes would fall upon you – and then just stay on you. Lips pursed. Hands folded. We all knew. And we all loved her for that.

Jacky leaves to cherish her memory her loving and devoted husband, Thomas Joyce, Sr.; loving and devoted son and daughter-in law, Todd and Christina Williams; stepson and daughter, Thomas Joyce, Jr. and Leslie (Falanda) Harper; grandchildren, Summyrrh, Christian, Elijah (Morgan), Isaiah, and Todd (II) Williams; Mario (Christopher) Belyusar, Alexander Joyce (Lesley Leggington), James (Lori) Joyce, and Moriah (Adam) Gresham; Tony Johnson, Javanna Holland, Bruce, Luther, Kajori, and Thomas Joyce III; sisters-in-law, Edith (Earl) Stowers and Patricia (Swanson) Jessup; brother-in-law, Stephen (Rosie) Joyce; Godchildren, Moniqué Faison, Eriqué Arrington, and Anthony Harris; a host of beautiful great-grandchildren; special cousins, Denise Wooten, Thurman and James Walker, Michael (Shirley) Peebles, and Linda and Paul Williams; special “bonus” son, Lee Laney; special friends, Cynthia Faison Harris, Larry DeForrest, Roxanne Thompson, Judy Talley, Joseph Harper, Betty Foster and Gale Newson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 10:00 AM Friday, March 8, 2024 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.).

Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Dearest Tommy, Todd, Cynthia, and all of Jacky’s beloved grandchildren I don’t need to tell you what a loving, caring,woman of God Jacky is. Her love exuded through the things she did for so many. She became as she claimed on Facebook, “MiracleMe”. She truly was testimony to God’s miraculous works. I thank her for showing me Hebrews 11:1. It started me on my day. I love you dear friend.

  2. Grand mother,
    You will forever be missed! You were such a pivotal person in my life and I will miss all of the good moments we had. I know you don’t have to live with pain anymore and that puts me at ease. You lived a good life and I want to celebrate that in this moment. I just wish you could live forever because this world needs to be filled with people like you. You were there for me when my mother passed and now you’re gone. This world won’t be the same. I love you so much and I miss you!

  3. Maxine Edmondson

    Ms Jacky and I attend church together and later did foster care around the same time. Her beautiful smile will forever be remembered.

  4. To the Family,
    May your hearts be comforted in knowing she loved you, supported you and prayed for you. This is only temporary as we will all be together again! Praise God from whom all blessings flow and for the return of our Lord and Savior when we will be together again. Take time to remember the good times we have had and be thankful for them

  5. Thomas and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know she will truly be missed as she was a kind soul, always greeted me with a smile. Grace and peace to you all.

  6. C'Faison (Cynthia) Harris

    From the first moment we met in 1969, we both knew, without question or doubt, that our love for each other and the bond between us would last a lifetime. I just knew – maybe even took it for granted – that you would be with me for the rest of my life. Never did I ever imagine that you would leave me. My heart aches, but I am so very grateful that you loved me and my children unconditionally. There will never be a friend as dear to me as you. I love you, Jacky.
    Tommy, Todd and beloved Family, thank you for sharing your wife and mother with me all these years. I love you and will forever keep you all in my prayers.

  7. VaShauna and Everett DeKay

    Aunt Jackie for sure will be missed. Our deepest thoughts and prayers to you Uncle Tommy, Todd, grand children, and to Aunt Jackie’s bestie, Aunt Cynthia. A very nice service indeed. Time surely does fly. Aunt Jackie is now in heaven at a family reunion that will last for eternity. I am very thankful to have kept in touch with Aunt Jackie and Uncle Tommy over the years. Also to have kept in touch with all the Aunt’s who have since passed away. All out of sight, but not out of mind.

  8. Erique Lane Arrington

    Dearest Godmother aka Aunt Jacky,

    So many wonderful memories run through my mind of you and the moments we’ve shared together. I can still hear you call my nickname “Eri” and how you’d reminisce often of the many times I spilt milk all over your kitchen table, chairs, and floor when I was a little girl. I will always remember the advice you shared of marriage, love, and forgiveness, as well as your recipes and tips for cooking. Thank you for including us in your family, and for always being there, especially for Mommy. Your earthly presence will be greatly missed but I know that your beautiful spirit will shine forever. Praying for peace and comfort for all those who have loved and cared for you. Love you always, rest in heavenly peace.

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