Joyce Ella Ackerman ODay

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Joyce Ella Ackerman O'Day

August 07, 1942 - December 02, 2018

Joyce Ella Ackerman ODay Joyce Ella Ackerman O'Day passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2018 following a period of declining health. She was born August 7, 1942 to Robert and Patricia Ann (Crosley) Ackerman. She spent the majority of her childhood, following the death of her mother when she was 2 years old, in the care of her maternal grandparents, Ruth and Ralph Crosley. She married Bernard A. O'Day on November 24, 1962.

Joyce was an avid gardener and homemaker. She enjoyed canning and baking - her Christmas cookie trays were beautiful and delicious. She was a skilled seamstress and knitter. She made most of her children's clothes. She was an ardent journalist documenting her life and that of her children.

Joyce cared for her own five children, grandchildren, numerous foster children and many who she babysat. The children all loved her special peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She instilled her love of reading in many of those children by reading to them every day.

Joyce was a strong, determined individual who never complained or felt bad about her situation despite having progressively debilitating rheumatoid arthritis for more than 30 years. She adapted and made due.

She is survived by her husband, Bernie, her brothers - and sisters-in-law, John (Marlene) O'Day, Don (Sherry) O'Day and Pat O'Day; her five children, Kelly (Bill) Trevillian, Robert (Annette) O'Day, Sean (Linda) O'Day, Erin (Jon Frye) O'Day-Frye, Cindy (Bobby) Stone; her eleven grandchildren, Lacey Phillips, Breanna Phillips, Olivia O'Day, Ellis O'Day, Logan (Mary Beth) O'Day, Shanley O'Day, Delanie O'Day, Tanner Frye, Elizabeth Frye, Dakota Stone, Landon Smith; her only great grandchild, Henry Lee O'Day; her close friends, Julie Whitman and Sue Krah and her caregiver, Tami Mullen.

There will be no viewing hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Joyce's family would like to thank Hospice of Crawford County, Inc. for their care and guidance over the last month.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Crawford County Humane Society, 11012 Kennedy Hill Road, Meadville, PA 16335.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, Inc., 581 Chestnut Street, Meadville where memories and condolences may be shared at www.waidfuneralhome.net
Published on December 3, 2018
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Deb Curry
Dec 06, 2018
Aunt Joyce was like another mom to me. Always welcomed me in her home, making me feel like one of her own. She had so much love for people and animals. Always supportive and encouraging. Our deepest sympathy for the whole family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. She will be missed.
Robert Frye
Dec 05, 2018
Bernie and family I'm so sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. My sincere condolences. We will keep you in our prayers.
Monica and Ted Erdos
Dec 04, 2018
Our deepest condolences go out to you Bernie, Sean, Linda, Erin, and all other family members. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Deborah A. Niwa
Dec 04, 2018
This lady was one fantastic person..she opened her home to me when I first met her...I have so many fond memories ..my condolences to the O'Day Family...
Worthy McClain
Dec 04, 2018
My condolences to my dear friend and former Amway pal Bernie O'Day. Bernie and Joyce and Winona and I shared many joyful experiences both in and outside the LDS church in Meadville! You, Joyce, will be missed by all those who knew you. R. I. P. Dear Friend!
Vince and Linda Pendolino
Dec 03, 2018
Our thought and prayers are with you all. We have great memories of being together at all those wrestling matches. She was a great lady.