Joyce Marie Thomas, 57, of Fremont, OH passed away on May 12, 2023 at University of Toledo Medical Center. She was born on September 19, 1965 in Tiffin, OH, the daughter of Susan Thomas. She was a 1983 graduate of Fremont Ross High School and received her Associate Degree in Business from Terra State Community College. Joyce was an intake specialist at the Liberty Center for four years until she retired on February 9, 2023. She was a devoted advocate for the homeless and those with mental health problems and addiction dependencies. She had also worked at Family Dollar and Rural King over the years.
Joyce enjoyed bingo, traveling, reading and sun tanning by the pool or beach. She was very active at the Liberty Center’s Baumann Auto Charity Raffle. Joyce mostly loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She had an amazing relationship with her sisters. They enjoyed weekly sister parties, in addition to yearly vacations together.
Joyce is survived by her children, Michael (Katy) Heminger, Tega Cay, SC, Emilee (Jerry) Kiesel, Bowling Green, OH and Jessica Valle, Fremont; grandchildren, Adele, Aaron and Audrey Heminger, Roman and Lola Kiesel; sisters, Brenda Thomas and Jill (Jody) Keegan both of Fremont; niece and nephews, Bridget Thomas, Cody (Bethany) and Spencer (Alie) Keegan.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Susan Thomas.
“At the end of the day, it is what it is.”
The family will greet visitors on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E State St., Fremont, OH.
Memorials can be made in her honor to Pontifex.
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Raquel r pena
Joyce you will be missed. I know you have everyone rolling in Heaven . Our Lord knew your pain and took you home. Miss you already
Annie and Conrad Valle
Our condolences to Joyce’s family and loved ones. Her three wonderful childten are a reflection of the type of Mom that she was. She too was gone too soon. May she Rest In Peace.
Remembering Joyce and all of the funny conversations we used to have. She was one of a kind and I’m glad I was part of her life. Much love to Brenda and Jill and to Joyce’s children and grandchildren.
I am going to miss our talks for sure! I remember when we were kids riding our bikes everywhere & helping her with her paper route! We hung out a lot when we were kids! We ended up working together at Family Dollar for 3 years & had so much fun! She was one of a kind & gave so much to the community whenever she could! She is going to be missed by many! Prayers for her family as they heal from this terrible loss! She loved them so much!
Joyce was the life of the party and always brought laughter to the room. She will be missed.
Condolences to the families. Joyce was a gem to be around. I enjoyed hearing her stories of family and the vacations. She could make you laugh or smile just when you needed a friend. RIP my friend.
Joyce helped me so much she will be missed cyndi preston
Joyce knew me for many years & each year she was here for me in a different way … it felt odd not hearing from her and now I understand why I hadn’t I can’t even make this into realization that this is actually you that’s gone … my deepest condolences to your family … until we meet again ..
Yena Peach Sanchez
Sure will miss talking to you Joyce. Glad that we got to work together these past few years. Rest in peace dear.
Mary L. Liggins
So sorry to hear of this great loss she was Avery special lady loved going in the store talking to her she always made me laugh and was one of the reasons I started going to the family dollar store . Then I talked to her after she went to the Liberty Center
Great Lady she will be missed.
Tina (Shuman) Braatz
I’m so sorry to hear about this. I worked with Joyce at the Green Springs grocery store. She was so much fun to work with. At one time my family lived down the street from her family on Morgan Street. She always a joy to be around and definitely loved her family. My prayers are with all of you.
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family..I worked with her at Walmart..she was such a funny person and she always put a smile on your face..
My sincere condolences for the loss of Joyce. She was a light of happiness and could spread laughter wherever she went. She will be missed.
You helped change so many lives and always made people laugh. You will be greatly missed.
I remember when I go to family dollar. She was a kind hearted lady.
Gina Villarreal Chalfant
Our condolences to all of her family. Having this happen so close to Mother’s Day, makes it only that much harder. Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Joyce will be missed by so many. I met her when her daughter Emilee worked at BK with me. Joyce helped plan our company picnic. She was always smiling and happy.
She never forgot a face, she would see me even years later and remind me of the picnic. Prayers to all your family and friends
Joyce was 1 of a kind in so many ways and has touched so many lives just by being who is was.. I truly miss u friend more then u will ever know. My heart goes out to your sisters and 3 amazing kids. I love u and thank u for always being here for me
Joyce made an impact to everyone who met her. I will forever be grateful for her friendship. We shared many laughs and stories over the years. We will be greatly missed.
I loved working with Joyce at RK. She definitely made it fun! I was hoping to work with her again but I think she was just teasing us. Sincere condolences. She will be greatly missed