Joyce M. (Mather) Barber

April 26, 1932 ~ March 19, 2019 (age 86)

Joyce M. Barber of Westport, NY, died March 19, 2019.  She was born in Whallonsburg, NY on April 26, 1932, daughter of Hoyt and Annie (Sherman) Mather.  She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Erwin E. Barber, daughter and son-in-law, Billie and Charles Marsh, Son-in-law Shorty Cross, Grandsons; Christopher Cross and Adam & wife Jennie Cross; Great-Grandsons Dylan Cross and Kolten Cross; and her Nephew Lynn Manz & Wife Midge.  Joyce was predeceased by her Daughter, Betty Cross, who was sorely missed.  


Joyce wore many hats in her lifetime.  She attended Business School in Albany, NY and received training in bookkeeping; a passion in her life.  She returned to Westport to marry Erwin and started working for Essex County.  Chronologically from there she paused her career to raise her family, work on the farm, managed Lakeview Excavators, and then returned to Essex County until retirement.  But wait; Joyce abandoned retirement in 1996 to partner with her family in developing, building and managing a campground; Barber Homestead Park, her final venture.  Joyce was the backbone in her family and all her ventures and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.


Calling Hours are scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm; followed by a service at 3:00 pm at Harland Funeral Home in Port Henry.  Burial will be in the late spring followed by a celebration of life. 


In lieu of flowers; donations may be made to the Westport Federated Church or the Westport Fire Department.


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