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Lake Luzerne, NY
With deep sadness the family of Joyce S. McKnight announces her passing on March 12, 2017 in Texas where she was spending the winter with her husband Hugh, their daughter Joanna Plummer, and son in law Jim Plummer. In addition to these family members, Joyce is survived by her son Nathan McKnight, his partner Heather LaPlante, and their children Riley McKnight and Dylan LaPlante.
Born October 12, 1949 in Conneautville Pennsylvania to Seth Carlyle Sheldon and Juanita Bessie Sheets Sheldon, Joyce was graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. She went on to receive a Master of Education in counseling from Gannon College and a Doctor of Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Joyce had a lifelong passion for teaching, counseling, community organizing and social justice which was reflected in every aspect of her personal and professional life.
Some of her career highlights include: Founder of Adult High School Diploma Program 1974-1979, Corry, PA; Program specialist psycho-social rehabilitation, Corry Counseling Services Center, 1975-1979; Co-founder and director of Anchor House Agency, beginning 1977 in Corry PA; Director Corry Center of Mercyhurst College, 1981-1987. Joyce taught at several colleges throughout her career and was always inspired by her students and colleagues. In 2007 she received the SUNY Empire State College prestigious Altes award for community service and scholarship, and in 2009 she received the Phyllis M. Cunningham award for social justice research from the Adult Education Research Conference.
Joyce was actively involved in every church where her husband served as pastor, creating and teaching many fun and educational Sunday School and after school programs including several for inner city children. She was a person who truly chose to bloom where she was planted, and often worked within her communities to create and manage such programs as community centers, community care groups, and community gardens. Joyce's dedication to helping others and her deep love for people from all walks of life are a lesson to us all, and her memory will live on in the hearts of those who were privileged to know, love and learn from her.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 3, at 1 p.m. at Brewer Funeral Home, Inc., 24 Church St., Lake Luzerne, NY.
Published on May 15, 2017
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