H. Joyce (Force) DeFriece of Wilmington, DE, 91, passed away peacefully on November 12th, 2019 surrounded by family. Beloved wife of the late Allen N. Devoted mother of Karen E., John R., M. Thomas (Kathleen), Ralph J. (Debra) and Paul D. (Bonnie). Loving grandmother of David, Tyler, Jenny, Andrew, Matthew and Allison. Also survived by nephew Michael C. Smith of Baton Rouge, LA.
Joyce was born in Baton Rouge LA to Robert C. and Elise A. (Arbour) Force, the youngest of 3 children, predeceased by her beloved sisters Doris and Margie. Joyce attended St. Joseph’s Academy of Baton Rouge and Louisiana State University where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. After spending their early married years in Texas, Joyce and Allen settled in Wilmington DE and raised their children. Joyce supported her children’s college education by working at and eventually retiring from Hercules Inc. where she was a Customer Service Representative interfacing with sales representatives, logistics and client manufacturing plants. Joyce was active in church (Roman Catholic) and charitable giving. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Daughters of the American Revolution and former Den Mother for Cub Scout Pack 61. She enjoyed Bridge Club, quilting, sewing, making Halloween costumes, and gourmet club.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on November 23rd at 12:00 pm at the Capuchin Friars, St. Francis of Assisi Friary, 1901 Prior Rd, Wilmington DE 19809. A Private interment will be held at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear DE.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul via Church of the Holy Child, 2500 Naamans Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810 or the Capuchin Friars at above address.