SALEM - The legendary Detroit Tigers are mourning the loss today of their number one fan Joyce P. Barcey. Joyce left the playing field Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, for the last time.
Born in Lansing, Mich., on July 12, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Harold Dean and Beatrice (Bartlett) Dean.
Joyce P. Barcey, 85, of Salem, died at 8:50 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at the Salem Community Hospital.
Joyce attended Fenton High School graduating in 1946. She also attended University of Michigan, Bakers School of Business, and Pierce College Northridge. In 1948 she married the love of her life Glen Barcey and together they made their home in Southern California, only to come to Ohio in 1965 to become part of the Lordstown General Motors history.
Joyce formed the Towne and Suburban Real Estate Firm in Salem in 1972. One of her proudest accomplishments was being responsible for bringing the MLS service to Columbiana County.
She loved competing in the business world and was often quoted as saying, "We may not be the biggest, but we are one of the best."
At the tender age of 8 Joyce fell in love with the sport of her choice baseball. She spent the rest of her life studying and following her beloved Detroit Tigers.
In 1998 Joyce and her daughter Charlotte started traveling to Detroit to work for the Tigers at all home games. Her favorite position was that of a docent in the Tiger Museum. She enjoyed telling the future generation of Tiger fans stories of former Tigers and earlier conditions of the sport of baseball.
Joyce leaves behind a son, Hal Barcey of Salem; a daughter, Kathy (George) Miller of Salem; a daughter, Charlotte with whom she made her home; grandchildren, Emily Jean Miller of Dallas, Texas, Summer Miller (Sam) Amado of Weston, Fla., Alan (Danielle) Barcey of Salem, Jake Barcey, Joe Barcey, Rick Barcey, David Barcey, George Whitten and Matt Whitten and various great-grandchildren, all of Salem.
She was preceded in death by her husband Glen E. Barcey in 1983, her brothers William Dean of Linden, Mich., and Robert Dean of Lansing, Mich.,, and grandsons David Barcey of New York and Christopher Barcey of Salem.
A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor William Wilkins officiating.
Calling hours will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Veterans Association, an organization near and dear to her heart.
This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent online at www.starkmemorial.com.