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EVANS, Joyce Gray

EVANS - Joyce Gray 76, wife of James T. Evans, M.D., died November 22, 2017, at Savannah Hospice House, under care for lymphoma. A Buffalo native, she was the surviving fraternal twin born to Walter and June (Mutton) Gray. She was preceded in death by her parents and twin brother William. She was educated in Buffalo public schools including Bennett High School; voted most humorous. Buffalo State for a Bachelors, summa cum laude, and Masters, with Honors. She was a multiple media artist, bibliophile, crochet specialist, educator, peace activist, and volunteer extraordinaire. Art memberships present and past included Society of Bluffton Artists, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, signature member, East Aurora Art Society, Holland Tuesday Painters, Hoover Water Society, Middle Georgia Art Association, and others. Her artwork is permanently on display at Roswell Park. She was an avid reader and library supporter. She learned to crochet at the age of seven and over her lifetime produced thousands of scarfs for the homeless (Long Island Nutrition Network), blankets for babies (The Linus project), lap blankets for veterans, afghans for cancer patients, and gifts for friends and family. She taught in vocational high schools, college learning labs and in an alternative high school. As a peace activist she opposed all war efforts from Vietnam to the present day. Her opposition to the Iraq war under G. W. Bush achieved international recognition due to a Buffalo News article. Her volunteer efforts included den mother, little league coach, deaconess, and others. At Planting Fields she was a docent, creator of gift shop postcards, polyhouse gardener, and newsletter illustrator. She enjoyed SOBA gallery sitting. Joyce is survived by her husband and sons William and Michael Karijanian and granddaughter Grayce and grandson Colton. She is also survived by numerous cousins with special affection for Georgia Gray who visited her in the last weeks of her life. Joyce was a lifelong lover of cats and supported feline rescue organizations including her cat art fundraising calendars. The service for a Celebration of her Life will be held Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 12 noon at the United Methodist Church, Partridge Road, Holland, New York, Reverend Dave Kubiak will preside. A brief reception will follow at the church. Final resting place will be arranged by Eternal Reefs. Flowers declined; donations to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, or Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, or Savannah Hospice House.

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