Mowry, Joyce Epperly
Eva Joyce (Epperly) Mowry, age 85, passed away February 3, 2022, after a short illness. She was born March 17, 1936. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Karl Mowry, her daughter Karen, her son Gary, daughter-in-law Beth, and stepson Karl N. (K.N.).
She is survived by her sons, Dennis Poff, Rick (Juliann) Poff and stepdaughter Amber (Jimmy) Spikes. Grandchildren, Julie (Scott) Habeeb, Ritchie (Marissa) Poff, Monica (Tom) Noble, Travis, Savannah, and Daniel Poff, Benjamin (Amanda) Poff, Christopher (Maddie) Poff, Todd Davis, Yana (Bobby) Hunter, Shane (Kymn) Spikes, Amanda Spikes, Shannon (Mitch) Turner, Seth (Stephanie) Mowry; 22 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
Joyce was a servant, a caregiver, and above all else, a child of God. When Karl was alive, they did everything together. They cooked together, they rode bikes together, they grew gardens, tended flowers and fruit trees, and took such good care of their neighbors. When their families came to visit, they were sure to take them to the ocean, the pool, to church, and to keep them in the air conditioning during the worst of the Florida sun. They loved the Atlanta Braves, playing Uno, and watching their “shows” which really meant Days of our Lives and Another World. Once they moved back to Virginia, Joyce loved spending time with her children and her grandchildren on a more regular basis. She also joined her beloved church and made so many friends that she completely embraced as family.
She delighted in each new grandchild, great grandchild and great great grandchild that was born. She loved seeing pictures of everyone and hearing stories of their craziness. She also treasured the yearly reunion with her Epperly family where she got to have in person updates on all of her siblings, cousins, and extended family. She was an irreplaceable treasure and while our hearts will always be missing a piece, we are so grateful she is having a chance to reunite with her loved ones that went before her to heaven and how sweet that hug with Jesus will be.
The family expresses much gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and especially Nicole from the Palliative Care Unit at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery. They went above and beyond to make her comfortable in her final days.
There will be a visitation beginning at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 12th, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm at Faith Christian Church located at 305 3rd St SW, Christiansburg, VA 24073. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to Faith Christian Church.