Joan L. Willey, devoted to family, church

November 29, 2022

Joan L. Willey, 83, of Dagsboro, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, while surrounded by her loving family.  

Joan was born in Bishop, Md., Oct. 14, 1939, to the late Sewell Lewis and Mildred (Rodney) Lewis. She graduated from Stephen Decatur Class of 1957 in Berlin, Md. Joan was devoted to her family and her church. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend to so many. She was a faithful member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Dagsboro for over 50 years. Joan served as a Sunday school teacher, church custodian and served in many other ministries. She truly lived her values of love, faith, family and service to others. Joan was an angel here on the earth, and now is her family’s guardian angel in heaven.

Joan was a talented homemaker, always doing home improvements around her house and for others. From wallpaper to sewing her own curtains and painting, she could do it all. She also had a passion for yard work which she independently supported throughout her life. Joan also was an avid sports fan. She absolutely loved supporting the sporting events of her children and grandchildren. Additionally, if you ever visited her, some sort of sporting event would be on the TV. She was a North Carolina basketball, Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles fan.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband in 2019, Philip A. Willey; and her nine siblings, Phillip Lewis, Rodney Lewis, Ruth Lewis, Peggy Hudson, Dot Coulbourne, Doris Hudson, Charles Lewis, Doug Lewis and Katherine Vickers. Joan is survived by her three children, Dawn Albright and her husband Rolf of Dagsboro, Mark Willey and his wife Jennifer of Millsboro, and Scott Willey and his wife Karen of Millsboro; five grandchildren, Justen Albright and his wife Megan of Dagsboro, Jena Albright of Dagsboro, Jordan Willey and her fiancé Chris Lail of Millsboro, Ben Willey of Millsboro, and Peyton Willey of Millsboro; and a great-grandson, Jonah Albright of Dagsboro.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 5, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 107 Clayton St., Dagsboro, where family and friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Joan’s name to Bethel United Methodist Church Capital Fund, Attention Debbie Tingle, P.O. Box 147, Dagsboro, DE 19939.  

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