Joyce “Ann” Poole, 40, passed away February 18

Joyce “Ann” Poole, 40, was born July 17, 1977 in Benton Harbor to Rev. Jerome Martin and Rosemary Poole. Joyce departed her life on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Lakeland Medical Center from an illness.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel in St. Joseph. Those wishing to visit with the family may do so from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may sign Joyce’s Memory Book at

Joyce attended Benton Harbor Area Schools. Joyce, as a little girl, lived with her great-grandparents, Walter and Ruthie Mae Martin. Joyce’s great-grandmother, Mrs. Ruthie Mae Martin, attended New Bethel Baptist Church on Townline Rd. and took Joyce on Sundays. Joyce was an Eastern Star. When Joyce’s great-grandmother passed away, Joyce went to live with her mother. Joyce always loved to put a smile on people’s face with her sense of humor. Joyce enjoyed being around her family and friends. She loved to spend time with them. She loved being a mother to her nieces and nephews, especially to Tasha Turner. Joyce always used to tell Virginia she was her favorite cousin. Joyce played a special part in many people’s lives. Joyce loved kids. She had a good heart but didn’t play.

Joyce leaves to cherish her memory, parents; Rev. Jerome (Venita) Martin of Columbus, OH, “Like a daughter”, Tasha Turner of Benton Harbor, MI, siblings; Shamika Poole of Detroit, MI, Melissa Poole of Benton Harbor, MI, Tionne Poole of Grand Rapids, MI, Travis Poole and Charles Poole both of Benton Harbor, MI, Zachary Poole of Springfield, MO, Lance J Martin of Seattle, WA, a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins, family and friends.

Joyce was preceded in death by her mother Rosemary Poole, her brother Rodney Poole, grandparents; Shirley Ann Brand, James Miller, Luther Sikes, Rev. Walter L. Brown, Irma L. Johnson, her uncles James E. Poole and Timothy D. Brand; and her aunt, Sadie D. Madden.

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