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Elizabeth M. (Hollister) Joy-Carman
June 17, 1918 ~ October 14, 2018 (age 100)
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Elizabeth Joy-Carman died peacefully Sunday October 14, 2018, at the age of 100. She was the firstborn child of Herman and Josephine Hollister and the oldest of nine siblings. Her life was long and full. At age 19 she married Robert G. Bowen and together they brought forth two children: Carol Diane and Robert Charles. Also together, using a "How to" book from Sears, they built a beautiful home in Chenango Bridge. Summer vacations were spent fishing at White Fish Lake in Canada. A second marriage in 1969 was to Gordon V. Joy. They lived happily in Hillcrest and then moved to Little Elk Lake, PA, where she planted clematis vines and rhododendrons. She also enjoyed swimming across the lake, meeting up with the occasional snake! Also during this time she retired from GE after 30 years. Her third marriage was to Art Carman. They also lived at Little Elk Lake and wintered at Lake Okeechobee, FL. They had fabulous vegetable gardens and love to dance to country music. Mom attributed her long life to her strong Christian faith and the love of three good men! She grew up in the Great Depression and thus never wasted anything. She could prepare a meal "Fit for a King" out of leftovers. She had a very "green thumb", caring for her gardens and helping the weakest of plants to thrive! She was a strong-willed, caring woman, offering her advice and sharing her wisdom
She was predeceased by her parents, her one and only son whom she adored, Bob "Bullet" Bowen; three husbands, siblings Lyle, Alan, Fred, Ed and Carolyn and her canine companion Bonnie Lass. She is survived by her daughter Carol Bowen Johnson (John Pollock), granddaughter Carol Lynn Fleming and her three children Scott, Cyle and Sarah; granddaughter Lisa Beth Greenley and her two children Eric and Katie, great-great grandchildren Rylee, Emma and Esmay, siblings Ray (Dottie), Arden, Pete (Judy); step-children Lee Carman and Joy Carman; multiple nieces and nephews who honored her with phone calls and visits. She was devoted to her entire family. Special thanks to Judy and Gary Dibble, Pete and Judy Hollister, Danny Petty, and The Hopkins House.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Friday October 26 at the Elk Lake Community Church, 6009 State Rte 3023 Montrose, PA. Visiting from 10:30-11:00 am. Burial will be at a later date.
As St. Francis prayed: "It is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."
Services provided by the Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home, 483 Chenango St. Binghamton. Please sign her guestbook at www.HEFUNERALHOME.com
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