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Patsy Llarena

Joyce was a beautiful lady inside an out. Prayers for the family for peace and comfort.

Pearl & Tom Swartz

We were so blessed to have Joyce (and Frank) as neighbors for nine years. She was a joy to know - never stopped smiling. She truly was loved by many.

Frances Panaro

A beautiful sweet lady. Glad I got to know her

Joyce Cyphers Garner


Joyce C. Siegfried Westervelt Garner, 91, passed away December 12, 2022, at Fernandina Beach Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

She was born on May 14, 1931, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to the late Gladys Elizabeth Cyphers Siegfried and Clyde Joseph Siegfried. She grew up in Bethlehem, the youngest of their three daughters. She graduated from Liberty High School and attended University of Pennsylvania nursing school, as well as studying music later in life at Lycoming College.

She married Richard Peter Westervelt, Jr. in 1951, and they had two daughters, Carol Joy and Debra Marie. The family moved to Williamsport, PA where they raised their daughters, were active in the community and their church, and resided until his death in 1968.

In 1969, she married Franklin Clayton Garner. Her entire life, Joyce used her musical gifts and talents with her beautiful singing and performing, Joyce also directed various church choirs, community choral groups, and many musical productions. She and Frank shared their love of music and singing together. Her career as Marketing Director for several assisted living facilities moved the couple to Orlando, Florida, in 1985 where she continued her career, and they made many friends in their community and churches. They also enjoyed traveling, touring, and visiting family and friends all across the country and parts of Europe until his death in 2018, when she moved to Fernandina Beach, FL to be closer to her daughters.

Joyce was an active member of Memorial United Methodist Church, an avid reader and loved to share her stories. She made friends wherever she went. She is survived by her daughters Carol Joy (Carl) Rauer and Debra Marie Cotner, her one stepdaughter Marie (Jim) Linden, 8 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

She is preceded in death by her sisters, Shirley Donohue and Barbara Kilpatrick; granddaughter, Traci Nicole Davis; son-in-law, John Mark Cotner; and stepdaughter, Nancy Joy Parker.

A memorial service will be held on January 14th at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church, Fernandina Beach, FL.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nassau Humane Society or Community Hospice.


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