FRANKLIN - Joyce C. Fairchilds, 82, of Franklin, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 1, 2018, surrounded by her family.
She was born on Nov. 21, 1935, in Oneonta, the daughter of Palmer S. and Doris (Barnhart) Clark.
She married Francis "Pete" G. Fairchilds on April 29, 1956. He predeceased her on March 30, 2010.
A graduate of Franklin Central School, Joyce went on to attend Albany Business School. She was the guidance secretary for Franklin Central School and retired after 35 devoted years.
An avid reader, Joyce was a volunteer at the Franklin Free Library and a member for many years of the Washington Reading Circle, garden club and bridge club. An active member of the election board, she always looked forward to election day and visiting with the community. She was instrumental in establishing the Franklin Community Park. Joyce was a true pillar of her community.
Joyce is survived by her children, Renee Wilcox (Mark) of Guilderland, Julie Hall (Jerry) of Otego and Mark Fairchilds of Franklin; grandchildren, Mark Stephen, Blaine and Paige Fairchilds, Kaela Knoth, Morgan Wilcox and Ethan, Erica and Zachary Hall; great-grandchildren, Julian Knoth, Ashmau Ceesay and Phoenix, Kylan, Scion, Ajah, Ever and Traiton Hall; brothers, Palmer S. Clark Jr. and David B. Clark; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was also predeceased by a granddaughter, Whitney Nicole Fairchilds.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 7, at the Franklin United Methodist Church, Main Street, Franklin. There will be no calling hours.
Burial will take place in the spring in Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin, at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any local community hospice in Joyce's memory.
Online condolences for the family may be made at www.bennettfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.
Published on March 4, 2018