We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Vinson Funeral Home
JOYCE ANN FARLEY
On Sunday, July 10, 2022, Joyce Ann Farley, aka “The Duck Lady”, passed away at age 82. Joyce was born June 7, 1940, in Plover, Wisconsin, to Joseph and Laura EIckendorf. She graduated from Maria High School in 1958 and went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She married and had 2 daughters.
In 1976, Joyce and her girls moved to Florida where she worked in the hospitality field. Joyce continued taking courses to better herself and eventually was employed at Honeywell Industries. As an Administrative Secretary, Joyce was involved in numerous NASA projects. After the space program was downsized, Joyce was employed at Pinellas County Schools as a secretary at Walter Pownell.
Joyce loved life and people. She handed out rubber ducks to everyone she encountered. At Halloween, she would put duckies in an empty kiddie pool and loved hearing the trick or treaters squeal with excitement and discuss their choice of a duckie. She always had a purse full of rubber ducks. Joyce loved to watch the birds and squirrels and set up numerous feeders in the backyard. In her later years, Joyce would go to a favorite bench by the water to watch the sunset. Above all else, her greatest joy was her great grandchildren. She always looked forward to spending time with them. Alas, all good things must come to an end. Health issues took away her independence and Joyce needed fulltime assistance. Three years later, Joyce succumbed to her illnesses and left this world behind. She would have celebrated 50 years of sobriety this September.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Maurice and Roman; sisters, Lorraine, Jeanette, and Loretta. She is survived by her younger sister, Carol; two daughters, Lori Hoag and Kari Houg, her favorite son-in-law, Tim Houg; four grandchildren, James, Joshua (Amanda), Heather (Joel), and TJ (Tanjy); as well as seven amazing great grandchildren whom she adored, Emma, Ashlynn, Boston, Estelle, Syler, Braylee, and Kingston. Joyce had a multitude of extended family members of whom all have at least one rubber duckie from her.
There will be a private cremation at this time with a memorial to be held when family members are able to meet up at her bench to spread her ashes at sunset.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimers Foundation, or Alzheimers Association of America.