Joyce King Messner
CARDIFF, WALES, UNITED KINGDOM — Joyce King Messner died on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, after a brief illness, at The Heath Hospital, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.
Born in Swansea, Wales, on Dec. 6, 1925, Joyce’s family was originally from Gloucestershire, England, and she was proud of her English heritage.
A legal and commercial secretary in London and New York City, her last position was as secretary to the Dean of Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff, a Church in Wales (Anglican) parish.
She was a lover of art, books and classical music, especially Mozart, Beethoven, Franck and anything performed by Yehudi Menuhin.
In 1976, she, her husband, Fred and son, David, lived in Cooperstown, where they attended Christ Episcopal and Evangelical Lutheran Churches. Joyce and Fred also served as guides at the Fenimore Art Museum that year.
Joyce was predeceased by her husband, Fred, in 1997.
She is survived by her son, David (Paola); and two grandchildren, Bethan and Zachary of Cardiff, Wales. She is also survived by her stepson, the Rev. Paul (Martha) Messner of Worcester; grandson, Josh (Sally) Messner; and great-granddaughter, Annalies of Minneapolis, Minn.; and a granddaughter, Rebekah Riley and great-granddaughter, Emerson of Worcester.
A Memorial Service will be held in the Lady Chapel of Llandaff Cathedral on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, with burial in the Garden of Remembrance on the Cathedral grounds.
Memorial gifts may be made to Llandaff Cathedral’s music program, Cathedral Close, Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, CF5 2LA United Kingdom; the Organ Restoration Fund, Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4636 State Highway 28, Hartwick Seminary, NY 13326 or to the Fenimore Art Museum, State Highway 80, Cooperstown NY 13326.