She was born on August 26, 1940 to the late Jay and Wilda Cowman. Joyce was a member of the First Evangelical Congregational Church and St. Paul Catholic Church. She was a lifelong resident of Firestone Park and a member of Firestone Park Silver Sneakers. She retired from the Akron Summit County Public Library. Joyce was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, and yoga.
Survivors include her daughters, Loree (John) Conley and Cherie (Ken) Owens; brother, Thomas (Sandy) Cowman; sister, Carol (Dale) Petz; grandchildren, Nicholas and Rachael Conley, and Katie Coughlin; her best friends, Maryann Jarvis and Rosemary Soroka; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.