Joyce M. (Hooyman) Curving

Died: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Aug. 28, 2019
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Aug. 29, 2019
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Thu., Aug. 29, 2019
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

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Holland- Joyce M. (Hooyman) Curving, 74, on Sat. August 24, 2019 heard the quiet call of our savior at her home in Holland, then took the Lord’s hand and peacefully left us after a valiant fight with endometrial cancer, her loving family was by her side. She rejoins her husband Charles A. “Chuck” Curving Jr., who passed in 2007, her parents Al and Helen Hooyman ,and her dear Aunt Griselda.        
        She is survived by 4 children, Douglas Curving of Northbridge, David Curving and his wife Priscilla of Oxford, Jason Curving and his partner Heather Westbury of Holland, and Cindy Kennedy of Sturbridge; 10 grandchildren, Tyler, Kyle, Bradley, Jacquelyn, Morgan, Christopher, Riley, Crystal, Garrett and Andrew; a great-granddaughter, Brooke; 2 siblings, Dorothy Hagedoorn and her husband Harold of Indian Harbour Beach FL; their children Lenora, Dora, and Harold, and her younger brother, Alfred Hooyman and his wife Mary of Castle Rock, CO; their children, Tammy and her husband Christopher Lehn, their sons Joshua and Jesse; Kim and her husband Keith Wagner and their children Andrew, Brian, Christopher and Julianna; Many cousins including Linda Dodds, Donna and her husband Angelo Foschini and their children Amy, Racheal, Stacy and their husbands and children; as well as many more cousins and dear friends. 
        Born in Passaic, NJ Joyce was the second child of the late Alfred and Helen (DeVries) Hooyman and grew up in Clifton, NJ. Joyce graduated Clifton High School Class of 1962 and continued her education studying nursing at Monmouth University as well as Jersey Shore Medical Center, and Ann May School of Nursing at Fitkin Memorial Hospital in Neptune, NJ and earned her degree and R.N. Joyce and Chuck moved from New Jersey to Whitinsville in 1977, where they continued to raise their children. Joyce’s call and gift of a servant’s heart not only led her to a long career as a Nurse, it also led her to be a missionary, bringing her to many places to spread God’s Word and love, included trips to Africa, Romania, China and Haiti. She went to Haiti a few times being called to help with the Haitian Orphanage. Each place has a special place in her heart as each had its own calling and needs to be served. She shared that many of her missionary trips the nurses would become like a doctor to assess and treat the many who they would see.  It would not be uncommon to see Joyce show up to your home or place of business willing to help. She would put on an apron and say, “Okay, I am ready. What can I do to help?” Her selflessness, willing to serve and help is a gift, which has blessed so many. 
        Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, the love and prayers of family, friends, and many supporters carried her through the last 20 months of chemotherapy and treatment. Yet even through her own struggle with cancer, Joyce’s steadfast faith, strength, peaceful, gentle nature and servant’s heart led her to reach out to other affected by cancer. She had made friends throughout the country that would reach out to her for her wisdom and prayer. Known for her ease in frequent conversation with even total strangers and won the hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing wisdom, love and faith. Joyce lived her life according to God’s will. She was passionate about sharing the Word of God, His promise and gift of salvation. She was a woman of strong faith believing in the power and strength of Jesus' love and the beauty and peace that would await her after her passing. Joyce had a true appreciation for the outdoors and was in awe of the beauty of God’s creations. She was well known and respected in her community for being a very caring and compassionate person; putting other’s needs above her own. 
She possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining sense of humor. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her servant’s heart, constant smiling and laughter will never be forgotten. 
        Joyce cared for her family and friends through delicious baked goods, sewing, quilting, crocheting and knitting. She was the heart of the Curving family; she  shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example through various charismatic prayer groups, church activities and woman’s fellowship – Woman’s Aglow. Her family was one of the first families of Faith Fellowship Church and also attended First Assembly of God in Worcester, and the Faith Assembly of God Church in Webster. Her home Church became the Holland Church, a local body of believers committed to the glory of God and the preaching of His Word. With a real zest for life, Joyce enjoyed dancing, reading, praying, creating and helping others. 
        Joyce’s Celebration of Life Service will be held at Jackman Funeral home, ‪12 Spring Street‬, Whitinsville ‪on Thurs., Aug. 29, 2019 at 11 AM‬. Calling hours at the funeral home will be held ‪on Weds. Aug. 28 from 5-7‬ and ‪on Thurs. from 10 – 11 AM‬. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the: Holland Church, ‪11 Sturbridge Road, Holland, MA, 01521‬, or to Grace International, Inc., ‪PO Box 694137 Miami, FL 33269‬. To leave a condolence message please visit:

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   Posted Mon August 26, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Joyce, yet thankful that she is at home with Jesus, her savior.

May God's peace be with you and sustain you through this difficult time.

Maury & Donna LaPrade
   Posted Mon August 26, 2019
We are so very sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of Joyce and your family. Sorry we cannot attend as we now live in Florida. May God bless you with his peace now and in the coming days.

Lisa Karr
   Posted Tue August 27, 2019
It's not said here but she also loves in Florida, that is where I meant Joyce. She was a true prophet of the Lord. She loved her church here in Florida, she owned several property in Florida, always feeling that those homes being open for a place of rest and refreshing. I have the honor to be living in one of her Florida homes. She was a good friend, we talked and prayed for one another often.
I love you my friend, I will miss our long talks. U

Ruth K Gray
   Posted Tue August 27, 2019
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Joyce was a special woman. We saw her last at my mother's funeral (Hester Meima) 6 years ago.

Marlene Ogden
   Posted Wed August 28, 2019
I will always be thankful for being part of a missions trip to Guatamala that Joyce organized when we both attended Faith Assembly in Webster. She was a good leader and led the trip with grace and efficiency. A week or so after we returned, she invited all of us (I think there were about 12 that went on the trip) to her home to talk about the highlights and what a great spread of food she prepared for all of us. She blessed us in many ways.

Sue and Dave L'Heureux
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019
I was so sorry to read about Joyce's passing. I was in Little Compton all summer and read the paper after the services were over! If I had known sooner, I would've come to the calling hours. Even though it's very difficult to have her gone, I just pray that you all are comforted in knowing that she is at home with the Lord. Please accept our sincerest sympathies - she certainly did a lot of great things and blessed a lot of people! May you rest in God's love, Sue and Dave L'Heureux

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