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Joyce Burns

January 8, 1935 — August 3, 2019

Joyce Carpenter Burns, 84, wife of the late Reverend Ottis P. Burns and a resident of Parksley, VA, formerly of Birdsnest, VA, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Shore Health and Rehab Center in Parksley. A native of Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Anson R. Carpenter and the late Helen Barron Carpenter McCracken. Mrs. Burns was a retired Registered Nurse.

She is survived by a daughter, Martha L. Burns of Parksley; sister, Maggie Gatwood of California; brother, Herb Carpenter of Michigan; two granddaughters, Catherine A. Bell and Stacee L. Bell, both of Machipongo, VA; two grandsons, Tye W. Burns (Brittany) of Nassawadox, VA, and Norman C. Bell III (Trish) of Cape Charles, VA; son-in-law, Norman C. Bell, Jr. of Eastville, VA; daughter-in-law, Karen Y. Foley (Jack) of Eastville; and three great grandchildren, Masen C. Bell of Cape Charles, Marissa P. Bell of Cape Charles, and Sutherlyn Y. Burns of Nassawadox. In addition to her parents and loving husband of 52 years, she was predeceased by her son, William C."Tip" Burns; daughter, Debra C. Bell; son-in-law, Frank M. Aita; brother, Dan Carpenter; and sister, Arlene Moses.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, August 10, 2019, at 11:00 AM at Doughty Funeral Home with Reverends Jeff Conrow and Rob Kelly officiating. Interment will be private in Eastville Baptist Church Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Riverside Shore Hospice, P. O. Box 615, Onley, VA 23418.

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Arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore, Virginia.

Private Interment

Eastville Baptist Church Cemetery
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