Joyce Viola Darrow Ksenics
Published online on April 15, 2015 courtesy of Dignity Memorial. Wm. R. Chase &
Son Funeral Home 737 Chenango Street, Port Dickinson, NY 13901  607-772-0320

April 8, 1928 - April 13, 2015

(Viola) Joyce Ksenics, age 87, passed away on April 13, 2015, at Elizabeth Church
Manor Nursing Home due to health complications following a heart attack on March 17.
Up to that time, she lived independently in her own home, which was her greatest desire.

She was born Easter Sunday on April 8, 1928, in Binghamton, NY. Joyce enjoyed her
childhood and growing up years where she lived with her parents and older brother on the
South Side. After graduating from Central High School, she attended Delhi College for
one year. In 1948, she moved to Washington D.C. to work, and it was there she was
introduced to her future husband, George, who was also from Binghamton. They were
married in 1950 in Washington, D.C. Joyce said that she joined the Marine Corps when
she married a Marine, and thus began the military life. The young couple was assigned to
Yorktown, VA, where they lived before he received orders for Korea. After their first child
(Penny) was born in Binghamton while George was in Korea, they were sent to Camp
Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC, where their second daughter (Bonny) was born. They lived in
Kittery, Maine, until George's orders sent the family to Albany, GA where their son
(George II) was born. After one last assignment at Camp Lejeune, and 20 years in the
Marine Corps, George retired. The family returned to Binghamton in 1963, which was the
place they called home, where both sides of their extended family lived. They settled in
Hillcrest to be close to her parents in Port Dick. Joyce took a job at Link Corp. and
afterwards found an office job at Binghamton State Hospital, where she retired after 23
years. She was a persistent worker by habit, and later found employment at the Egg Lady
and also worked at the Comfort Inn for many years serving breakfast. Her retirement
years were her golden years, and she filled her life with her numerous interests, activities
and associations with her many friends and family. Her children and grandchildren were
her focus in life. She was a traveling grandma, ready to drive or fly to wherever her family
was located. That included many trips to Maryland and Virginia for holidays and special
occasions, as well as two trips to Israel. Her supreme satisfaction was the cottage at
Columbia Lake in Deposit, NY. She loved to have family there in the summer to enjoy
swimming, fishing, and get-togethers. Her grandchildren enjoyed "Camp Grandma" and
there was nothing she wouldn't do to provide them an enjoyable time and build happy
memories. Joyce was an enthusiastic and skilled quilter, and presented her lovely quilts
to family and friends. She was a member of the Broome County Quilters Night Guild. She
was an active member of Kattelville Seniors Association and enjoyed many trips with her
friends. She loved bowling and was on different leagues through the years and
participated with the American Legion Post 1254. She was an avid golfer, and until last
summer she belonged to a golf league that played at Ely Park. She participated with the
Good Shepherd Fairview Home Auxiliary where she regularly assisted with the bingo
events for the residents. She was a long-time and faithful member of the Ogden Hillcrest
Methodist Church where she sang in the choir. She participated in many functions of the
church including helping with vacation bible school, Sojourners Club and serving as a
trustee. Until shortly before her death, she and friends from her school days regularly met
for lunch. Her favorite activities were going to church suppers, playing cards with her
friends, and attending plays and concerts. She was always ready to go anywhere and do
anything. She loved being active! Everyone who knew Joyce loved her friendly nature, her
forthright observations and her sense of humor. She was a bright light to many and she
will be missed for her many acts of kindness, consideration and service. She is survived
by her brother, Gene Darrow of Raleigh, NC; daughter Bonny and son-in-law John Palmer
of Bethesda, MD.; son George Ksenics II and daughter-in-law Cindy of Mount Vernon,
VA. She is also survived by seven beloved grandchildren and 13 great-grand children:
Yisroel (Leora) Frenkel and their seven children, Shulamis (Yehuda) Josephson and their
four children, Colton (Adrienne) Palmer and their son, Allison (Damon) Jensen and their
son, George Ksenics III; Emma Reece (Kevin) and Jack Ksenics. She is also survived by
many relatives and caring friends with whom she has enjoyed life-long relationships. She
was predeceased by her beloved parents, Helen and Bill Darrow; husband George
Ksenics, and daughter Nama (Penny) Schabb. Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on
Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Odgen Hillcrest Methodist Church, 1061 Chenango Street,
Binghamton, NY 13901. In advance of the funeral, the family will receive friends from 10
a.m. until the time of service. She will be buried at Chenango Valley Cemetery where four
generations of her family are laid to rest. Interment services are private. In lieu of flowers,
please donate to the Ogden Hillcrest United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or a charity
of your choice