Joyce Austin

Joyce Austin (Richards)

Wednesday, October 31st, 1928 - Sunday, November 3rd, 2019
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South Glens Falls

Joyce R. Austin, 91 of South Glens Falls passed on November 3rd, 2019, at The Home of the Good Shepherd in Moreau with her family by her side.

She was born on October 31, 1928 in Argyle, NY, weighing in at only 3 and ½ pounds. She was the daughter of the late Harper K. Richards and Bessie Brayman Richards.

Joyce began school at the age of 4 at the Argyle Central School and graduated in 1946. While in school she was the captain of the cheerleading squad, a majorette, and active in many sports and chorus. While attending a high school dance Joyce caught the eye and captured the heart of William Austin, of Cambridge, NY, when he was home on leave while serving in World War II. Their romance endured and they began their life together in 1947. They were married for 57 wonderful years residing for over 30 years on Linden Street in South Glens Falls before relocating to Ellenton, Florida. After the passing of her husband in 2004, Joyce found friendship and companionship in the company of her dear friend the late Raymond Bruce of Louisville, KY and Ellenton, FL.

Joyce’s careers included jobs at the Imperial Wallpaper and Color Incorporation, Dr. Herbert Bartholomew’s office, and The Post-Star’s Advertising Department. She was known mostly for her sing along music groups, “The Moreau Fun Band” and “Joyce and Friends” who performed at nursing homes, hospitals, senior centers, retirement communities, and more in both New York and Florida. Joyce composed several original songs for these groups including a special birthday and anniversary song. She taught herself to play piano at age 3 and continued to share her musical gift from that moment on until her passing at age 91. Joyce was also a member of the Methodist Church in Argyle, NY.

Joyce returned from Ellenton, Florida in June to be with her family in New York and took her very first plane ride at age 90. She moved into The Home of the Good Shepherd in Moreau and quickly began entertaining the staff and residents with her piano playing. Joyce’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff for their wonderful care throughout her stay as well as the Hospice Nurses from Saratoga County. The family would also like to thank Debbie Paradise who supplied friendship and care while in Florida.

In addition to her parents and husband, Joyce was predeceased by her dear sisters: Yvonne Esser Copeland, Naida McGeoch, and Rae Baker.

Joyce is survived by her sister, Shirley Adams of Cambridge; children, Lori and her husband Jack Howard of Arlington, MA, Jill and her husband Dave Burt of Queensbury, and William Austin Jr. of Warrensburg; her granddaughters Amanda Burt of Queensbury, Emma Howard of San Diego, CA, and her great “granddogs” Bruiser and Bella Howard; and many special nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 10th at M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home 136 Main Street, South Glens Falls. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, November 11th at the funeral home. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.
To view Joyce’s Book of Memories and post online condolences, please visit

Memorial donations can be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga County, 179 Lawrence St. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to The Moreau Community Center, 144 Main Street, South Glens Falls, NY 12803.

Joyce’s family wanted to leave you with her favorite parting words, ”Be careful!”
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 10th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, November 10th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home - SGF
    136 Main Street
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  • Service

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, November 11th, 2019 11:00am
    M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home - SGF
    136 Main Street
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  • Interment

    Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
    200 Duell Road
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    Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.



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Peggy and Peter Kelly

Posted at 12:48pm
Dear Lori, Jill and Bill ~~~~ Let there be memories and fond recollections of special occasions and everyday things. Let your heart start on its journey to healing by feeling the comfort remembering brings. We are thinking of you and sending our sympathy to all.
With sympathy , Peter and Peggy and family (Jon, Rick, Tom and family)

Michael Luce

Posted at 11:06am
We are so sad to hear of Joyce's passing. Remember those glorious sunny days at the Million dollar LG. beach.
Know she was always surrounded by much love. We are in Vermont this weekend but ,our hearts go out to you,and want you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sending all much love!
Mickey & Sharon

cheri mackey

Posted at 10:54am
Lori,Jill andBill so sorry to hear of your moms passing she was a wonderful lady who always had a smile and kind word to say. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Cheri Hermens Mackey

Debbie Paradise

Posted at 10:49am
I will forever miss you and the laughs and times we shared good and bad, We are one tough cookie. I was so honored to have known, loved and taken care of you. You are so deserving!!! Love and miss you always. Oh and thanks for the two new sisters and brother. LOVE Debbie

David Cranston

Posted at 08:29pm
My condolences to the family. I fondly remember Joyce (and Bill and the family) in the late 1970's when they visited the Million Dollar Beach almost daily. I was one of the employees. I recall they always set up their beach blanket on the sand to the left of the turnstile (which isn't there anymore). Joyce, Bill, and the family were so friendly to all of us that we considered them part of our extended family.

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