Joy Ann Hovis
Joy Ann Hovis, 89 of Cochranton, died Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Wesbury Methodist Community following an extended illness. Born, July 21, 1930 in Knox Chapel, she was the daughter of Clarence Henry and Velma Juanita Rieger. She married Jack B. Hovis on December 29, 1960 and he preceded her in death on November 26, 2007.
After moving to Cochranton in 1940 and graduating from Cochranton High School she continued her education at the Clarion State Teachers College and earned the Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education, specializing in early childhood education. She retired after 30 years of teaching in several schools in Crawford County with her last position at Cochranton Elementary School, teaching 1st grade.
Joy Ann was a member of the Cochranton Presbyterian Church, life member of the Pennsylvania Association of Retirees and a long time member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Stoneboro Chapter 110.
Survivors include two sons, Jack Burton Hovis Jr., and his wife Toni of Meadville and Stuart J. Hovis of Groton, CT. Two grandchildren, Samantha J. Hovis and fiancé Logan Mears of Pittsburgh and Troy A. Hovis of Meadville.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Betty Jane Hart, brother in law, Kenneth Hart and a nephew, Kenneth Gordon Hart.
She enjoyed gardening and truly had a green thumb when it came to raising various flowers and trees in her yard. Some of her fondest memories were those spent on her grandfather Sell's farm in Cabot, PA. Joy also enjoyed bird watching in her backyard and always maintained multiple feeders in the winter for the birds and squirrels. Mostly, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, especially in their preschool years.
Friends and family will be received at the DICKSON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 123 S. Franklin St., Cochranton on Monday from 5-7pm. Funeral services will be 11:00am Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Sam Marchetta, officiating. Interment will be in the Cochranton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made in Joy Ann's name to the Children's Shiners Hospital, 1645, W. 8th St., Erie PA 16505.
Published on February 14, 2020


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Marilyn (Heck) Oesterling
Feb 17, 2020
I will miss our annual Christmas phone calls, but will still have pleasant memories of our frequent visits when growing up. A cousin from Natrona Heights now living in South Carolina.
Bob & Judi Reynolds
Feb 15, 2020
Burt and Stu: You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.