HOWARD — Joyce A. West, 73, of Howard, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at her home with her loving family by her side.

She was born Feb. 25, 1944, in Napoleon, Ohio, to the late Ronald and M. June (Baldwin) Nye. Joyce was a 1962 graduate of Hamler High School and later a 1966 graduate of Defiance College. She taught the majority of her career at Holgate Local Schools from which she retired. Joyce received the Excellence in Education Award in Henry County in 1987. She was a member of the Gamma-Omega-Kappa Sorority at Defiance College, the Red Hats, the Apple Valley Singers, and the Faith Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon.

Joyce is survived by her husband, David West; her son, Todd (Amy) West; her daughter, Tami (Dan) Benyei; four grandchildren, Lindsay West, Ava West, Claire Benyei, Jack Benyei; her brother, Larry (Pat) Nye; and her sister, Marsha Bennett.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Faith Lutheran Church beginning at 11 a.m. with Pastor Mark Wildermuth officiating. The family will observe a private graveside service at Brown Cemetery in Bryan, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County or Faith Lutheran Church.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Joyce A. West.


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