Joyce Marie Landis Plank. 79, faithfully served her family and the Lord, Gideons International member

By on February 3, 2016

Joyce Marie Landis Plank, a resident of Luther Acres, Lititz, went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, Jan. 28, after a long illness.

Joyce was the daughter of the late Albert and Eleanora (Groff) Landis, and had recently celebrated her 79th birthday. She was born on the Landis Family Homestead in Landis Valley on Jan. 3, 1937.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jay W. Plank four months ago; and her sister: Lorraine Humbert.

Joyce was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lancaster. She graduated from Manheim Township High School in 1954, where she was active in the school band and music programs, singing many solos. In her young adult life, she sang in two trios with Youth for Christ. She also used her gift of singing at many weddings, church services and other events.

Joyce truly enjoyed life, her family, friends, and most of all her walk with the Lord. She graciously served her family in many ways. There are many great memories of years of family picnics, Fourth of July celebrations, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day dinners. She lovingly cared for her aging parents and her aunt in their later years. She loved spending time with her granddaughters.

Joyce served the Lord many years at Long Memorial United Methodist Church, Neffsville, singing in the choir, playing the piano, and leading children’s Sunday School. She was also a former member of the Lancaster Alliance Church, where she sang solos in the choir and was a Bible study leader. She often provided wise counsel to friends when needed.

In addition to her church, Joyce was very active in the auxiliary of The Gideons International. She served in many roles locally and internationally, including the office of International President. She traveled across the United States speaking, training others, and sharing the gospel. Many have come to know the Lord as their Savior as a result of her life and service.

She worked at the former Conestoga National Bank early in her life, was a wife and homemaker for many years and later in life was a fashion coordinator at Doneckers of Ephrata.

Surviving are two children: Brad Plank, husband of Jill Plank, Leola; Melissa Fulmer, wife of Steven Fulmer, Lititz; two granddaughters: Carly Byers, wife of Andrew Byers, of Lancaster; and Chloe Klein, wife of Michael Klein, of Leola; a brother: Harold Landis, husband of Marge Landis, of New Holland; a brother-in-law: Richard Humbert of Leola; and many special nieces and nephews.

Her funeral was held Feb. 2 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, with the Rev. Dr. John S. Light officiating. Interment was in the Landis Valley Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joyce’s memory may be made to the auxiliary of the Gideons International, P.O. Box 638, Lititz, PA 17543-0638; or to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2151 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

To send an online condolence, visit DeBordSnyder.com. DeBord Snyder Funeral Home, Lancaster, handled the arrangements.

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