Joyce Burdon Horowitz, age 92 years of Gagetown, passed away February 11, 2013. She was born in Grant Township, Michigan on May 10, 1920 a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Ballentine) Ricker. On September 9, 1939 she married Willard A. Burdon. They made their home in Brookfield Township where they raised their four children. Willard died December 6, 1958. She then married James Horowitz November 12, 1970. Jim preceded her in death in April of 1990. Along with assisting with duties on the family crop and dairy farm, Joyce and Willard maintained a Dairy Route and Store. She was a secretary for Rice Gas and Petrolane in Gagetown. Joyce was a lifelong member of St. Agatha Alter Society. She and husband James resided in Long Branch, New Jersey and Ellenton, Florida. She then relocated to Cass City. Joyce loved to pass the time by collecting plates, tending her flowers, golfing and bowling. She also enjoyed dining out, shopping and spending time with family.
Surviving are her two sons, Paul (Barb) Burdon of Gagetown and Ron (Mary) Burdon living in Peru, Illinois and two daughters, Lynn (Charles) McPhail of Houston, Texas and Betty (Jerry) Mayer of Alma, Michigan. Also surviving are grandchildren Lisa, Willard, Paul, Lori, Steve, Jim, Stephanie and Kara, great-grandchildren Josh, Jordan, Morgan, Lauren, Zack, Tyler, Jenna, Spencer, Jayci, Kristine, Katie, Laura and Olivia, and a brother-in-law, Max Huff. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Preceding Joyce in death were a granddaughter, Katherine Mayer and step-son Jerry Horowitz, her brothers and sisters-in-law, Morris and Bernice Ricker and Bruce and Imogene Ricker and sisters Geraldine See, Gretchen and Archie Walters, Maxine and George Clara and Lorraine Huff, in-laws Richard and Edna Burdon and Mary and Donald DeNoyelles.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at eleven o'clock Saturday morning, February 16 at St. Agatha Catholic Church, with Fr. Paul Bala and Sr. Dorothy Ann Blasko officiating.
Interment will be in the church cemetery. Joyce's family has suggested memorials to the church cemetery fund.