Joyce was born October 5th, 1939 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of Don and Thelma Plummer. The family moved to Charleston, West Virginia and St. Louis, Missouri before settling in Columbus in 1948. She attended Columbus Public Schools with fond memories of North High School. She was a graduate of Grandview Heights High School and the Ohio State University. She taught French and English at Whetstone High School before starting her wonderful family, welcoming three beautiful children to whom she devoted her life. The majority of her work life was spent at Delaware County Jobs and Family Services. A kind and loving soul, Joyce was extremely invested in her admirable work, where she knew and helped so many people. She especially loved the fantastic, lasting friendships that resulted from her time there.
Joyce had a zest for living, celebrating every second of her life with joy and love. She delighted in being with family and friends, and had a natural gift for making everyone around her feel welcomed and cared for. Her grandchildren reminisce about the countless slumber parties she hosted, where she danced and sang right along with them. Joyce never missed any opportunity to make precious memories with her children and grandchildren.
A lover of travel, Joyce thrived during her many adventures with her friends and family. From her trip to Europe with her husband to her countless days on the lake with her beloved sister, she brought her radiant smile and joyful spirit to every new place she traveled. While new places were always calling Joyce’s name, she was particularly fond of visiting Louisville and Ravenna to see her children and grandchildren.
Anyone that knew her knows that Joyce’s mind went unmatched. In all of her years, she never once lost a game of Trivial Pursuit, proving to everyone that she possessed a truly exceptional intellect. She spent her free time enjoying the sunshine on her back patio, reading, caring for her flowers, and entertaining guests with a good game of cards. Her friends and family know that playing Euchre and Bridge with Joyce was a uniquely fun experience; in fact, many of her lasting friendships were formed through the good times had in her bridge groups. Getting together with her “Jury Group” brought Joyce an immeasurable amount of happiness and laughter.
Life gave Joyce so much joy that when she spoke, she sang. Her grandchildren referred to her musical way of speaking as the “Joyce voice”; her uniquely beautiful and loving voice will be missed by all who had the pleasure of hearing it. Although she was not a musician herself, her love of musicals and 70s music always put a smile on her face, and watching her dance put a smile on everyone else’s.
Joyce is survived by her husband, Tom Marquart, her sister, Jackie Plummer Richards, her three children, Julie Ivary (Steve Brezinski), Joel Ivary (Carolyn), and Jennifer Ivary Johnson, and their children, Laural, Mackenzie, Elise, and Cole. She is also survived by her step-children, David Marquart (DeeDee), Jennifer Barnett (Wes), Mary Beth Young (Adam), and their children, Marcello, Miranda, Matthew, Meghan, Paige, Bailey, Olivia, Heather, Brooke, Brandon, and fifteen great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 P.M. on Saturday, May 18th at the Newcomer Funeral home on Route 161. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately following the visitation at 5 P.M. After the service, family and friends are asked to join us for a buffet dinner to celebrate Joyce's life at The Church of the Good Shepherd at 6176 Sharon Woods Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43229.