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Joyce E. Brown, International Peace Corps volunteer and mentor

Feb. 3, 1931 – April 25, 2013

Joyce E. Brown, a former International Peace Corps volunteer who mentored international students after returning stateside, died Thursday in her Amherst home. She was 82.

Born Joyce Hastings in Niagara Falls, she was the first of 15 children in her family.

She was a 1948 graduate of North Tonawanda High School and went on to earn associate and bachelor’s degrees in communications from Niagara County Community College and Empire State College, respectively, and a master’s degree in English from the University at Buffalo in 1984.

Mrs. Brown joined the Peace Corps when she was 61, serving as a volunteer university English teacher in Ostrava, Czech Republic. She spent eight years there and traveled extensively throughout Eastern Europe, developing many lasting friendships.

She returned to the United States at age 70 and settled in Amherst. From 2001 to 2012, she was a volunteer with International Students Inc. at UB, where she mentored international graduate students in English and American culture, as well as helping resolve problems requiring a native speaker.

Mrs. Brown retired in February 2012 because of health concerns.

Survivors include four sons, Lloyd Jr., Paul, Larry and Eric; five brothers, Al, Jim, Ed, Richard and Glenn Hastings; and five sisters, Kitty Nelson, Bea Kappas, Susan Lawrence, Judy Jones and Ada Hastings.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, 6864 Campbell Blvd.

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