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Obituary of Joyce Marie Griffith Abell, 91


Joyce Marie Griffith Abell, 91, of State College died Friday, May 25, 2018 at the Atrium of Penn State Village.

Born January 29, 1927 in Paulsboro, NJ, she was the daughter of the late John Harold and Frances (Stanley) Griffith.

On June 7, 1947 she married Harry D. Abell, Jr.,of Paducah, KY, who preceded her in death on August 7, 2006.

Joyce is survived by four children, Stanley D. (Jenny) Abell, John (Lara) Abell, Rebecca “Rebie” (Mitch) Smith and Sarah (Darrel “Bud”) Melton; three brothers, John (Karen) Griffith, Daryl (Pattie) Griffith and Dwight Griffith; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Joyce’s impact on the world and to everyone who knew and loved her could never be captured in just a few sentences. She instilled in all of us a sense of the importance of attending to the well-being of others. She served the broader community as a volunteer and as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. We will all miss her.

Private interment will take place at Mt. Kenton Cemetery, Paducah, KY.

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Joyce Marie Griffith Abell



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Funeral Home

Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Service

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