Joyce Elaine Boden Batchelder died on January 29, 2012, at the age of 83. She passed in her sleep and, given her vitality and many ongoing activities and commitments, her passing was a surprise.
She was born to Paul Edward Boden and Bertha Sleeter Boden in Decatur, Illinois. She obtained a scholarship to Millikin University in Decatur at 17, where she majored in English and studied voice.
After her graduation, she joined Bell Telephone as an operator. She also sang mezzo soprano as a soloist and in church choirs; it was in choir that her two-year courtship with a tenor began, one John Clark Batchelder. They married in 1951 and moved to New York in 1954.
Once her children started grade school, Joy obtained a master’s degree in Library Science from Columbia University in 1964 and started a 20-year career as a grade school librarian. They moved to the Holland area in 1996, where Joy has been active in HASP and book-discussion groups. Joy loved to play the piano and was an accomplished weaver and tapestry maker. She maintained an enduring fascination with ideas, and a devotion to Christian Science, her family and her friends.
Joy Batchelder is survived by her brother, Dale Boden; her two children, J.Samuel Batchelder and Vallorie Peridier; and her grandchildren, Rachel, James and Luke Batchelder.
Obituary credit: The Holland Sentinel.