Joyce Irene (Gould) Clements, 91, passed away on July 4

Joyce Irene (Gould) Clements, 91, of St. Joseph, MI passed away on Weds., July 4, 2018, at The Whitcomb – St. Joseph.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Sat., July 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI with Pastor Richard Sing officiating. Burial will follow at Keeler Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 9:00 AM until time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Berrien Military Rites Team. Those wishing to leave the family an online condolence may do so at

Joyce was born on April 2, 1927 in Keeler, MI to Melvin & Gladys (Gearing) Gould. On July 29, 1943, Joyce married the love of her life, Herbert Russell Clements of Benton Harbor, in Tucson, AZ. Shortly after the wedding, Joyce watched as Herbert flew off to Brazil, a temporary stop on his way to North Africa to fight in WWII. It wasn’t long before Joyce received a telegram that Herbert was missing in action. She later learned that Herbert’s plane was shot down and crashed over Yugoslavia behind enemy lines. Herbert survived by bailing out and avoiding capture with the help of local sympathizers who helped find his way back to friendly forces. When asked about that time, Joyce always said that she was not worried because she knew that they were meant to be together and he would come back to her.

Joyce worked hard all of her life. As a toddler, her first job was toasting and buttering bread for the guests at Gould’s Lakefront Resort in Sister Lakes, MI, owned by her grandparents, Orr and Hattie (Shearer) Gould. Later, she managed the work of her husband and father as they built many homes in the Fairplain area. She helped decide which plans to build as well as the location of the homes, ordered the building materials, and decorated all of the homes. With the assistance of her daughter, she also managed the concession stand for the Babe Ruth League in Benton Harbor. Joyce also worked for Miss Glenn’s Merle Norman store in St. Joseph, using the skills she gained there to do make-up for Blossomtime contestants for many years. After she and Herbert were transferred to Findlay, OH by the Whirlpool Corporation, Joyce spent the remaining years of her working life as a real estate agent.

Joyce and Herbert enjoyed watching their personally owned horses racing at Raceway Park in Toledo, OH and competing at various count fairs where they would dance to the Polka after the races. Joyce also achieved her dream of spending most of her retirement years living in the Bradenton, FL area. There she golfed, danced, enjoyed the beach and her pool, and, of course, decorated many new homes. Joyce was a wonderful woman and will be missed dearly by all.

Joyce is survived by her children – David Clements of Bullhead City, AZ and Paula (David) Howley of Coloma, MI; grandchildren – Lance Howley of Coloma, MI, Shawn (Kitra) Howley of Zeeland, MI, Nicole (Bob) Stenman of Saugatuck, MI, Jason (Brenda) Howley of Fort Gordon, GA, Andrew Howley of Madison Heights, MI, Thomas Clements of Lafayette, LA, and Cheri (Clements) Burkhard of Buchanan, MI; 13 great-grandchildren – Lauren, Erik, Nathan, Madeline, Isabel, Tiffany, Angel, Justice, Naomi, Shauna, Jessica, Cody and Kayla; 6 great-great- grandchildren; nieces and nephews – Jim (Lynn) Young, Bill (Holly) Young, Mark (Chris) Young, Deb (Brian) Tabor, John (Lori) Young, Jerry (Jane) Clements, Jeffrey (Carol) Clements, Richard Clements, Scott (Roseann) Clements, Ann (Mark) Schuck, Paul (Sheila) Clements and Roger Clements. She is preceded in death by her husband of nearly 74 years, Herbert Clements, on July 26, 2017; her parents, Melvin and Gladys; sister, Gloria (Gould) Young and spouse; niece, Jaqueline (Clements) Moon; and brothers-in-law, Arnold, Richard Paul and Raymond Clements.

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