Joyce Briggs

Joyce Briggs

WESTVILLE — Joyce Briggs, 76, of Westville passed this life at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at her home with her son, Davey, and daughter, Lisa, beside her.

Joyce was born on March 15, 1943, in Westville, the daughter of Albert James and Georgette (Vallangeon) James. Joyce and David “Dave” were married “55 years” in Danville on June 25, 1960.

Survivors include one daughter, Lisa Lynn Nargelenas (Romas) of Westville, and son, David Lee Briggs Jr. (Cheryl Tartaglia Briggs), formerly of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Michael (Rachael) Nargelenas of Mahomet, Amanda Marie Nargelenas of Vincennes, Ind., Emily Jo (Briggs) and Will Jennings of Springfield, and Erika Lynn Briggs of Tilton, along with her friend, Tyler Ramsey; and three great-grandchildren, Kylar, Murray and Baker Nargelenas. Other survivors include her sisters, Betty Anne Young (Ron) of Westville and Georgette Puzey of Catlin, along with her special family friend, Ben Smith of Catlin. Joyce was blessed with several nieces, nephews and cousins that she loved and enjoyed speaking with.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Georgette James of Westville; two brothers, Ronnie and Albert James of Westville; and two sisters, Winifred “Wini” Bolser of Westville and Carolyn Hays of Westville.

Joyce was a hardworking housewife and mother. Joyce was, along with her husband, son and daughter, a “die-hard” St. Louis Cardinals fan, Illinois fan and Westville Tiger fan.

She enjoyed working daily in her yard and her wonderful home in Westville. She enjoyed her neighbors and those that drove by as they waved to say hi, with many stopping just to tell her how beautiful she kept her yard. Mom (Joyce) rarely left her home for it was her comfort zone.

Joyce loved to cook for her family. She (Grandma) mostly loved watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow. She was blessed with very active and loving children (Lisa and Davey) and grandchildren (Michael, Amanda, Emily and Erika), which kept her happily and proudly busy. She would make sure that “everyone else” was taken care of first before herself.

Grandpa (Dave) would always be sure to arrive to all family events first, always reserving a seat in the front row for his wife, Joyce, who would be close behind. They were always together, never missed anything.

Joyce was so well liked by everyone, in many cases, people she didn’t even know, but people that her husband (Dave) knew. Mom’s final resting place was in her front room, near her couch she laid on daily and nightly to enjoy her favorite shows, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” not to mention all the country music awards. Joyce was a Coal Miner’s Daughter (loved Lorretta Lynn) and had lived the life of a girl with a Coat of Many Colors (Dolly Parton).

Joyce also enjoyed her backyard rock garden, once a swimming pool, that has so many memories with friends and family. Mom did not swim, but she kept the pool ready and cleaned on a daily basis, always ready for others to enjoy as she enjoyed watching them.

Finally, one last hobby Joyce and her husband Dave left a memory of was their Beanie Baby collecting so all four grandchildren had a “full” collection.

A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Westville, located at 414 S State St., with the Rev. Timothy Sauppe officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Dave, in Georgetown Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be given in her name to donor’s choice of charity. Please join her family in sharing memories through her tribute wall at