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Joy Stowell

Joy M. Stowell of Plainwell passed away Monday, June 22, 2020 at her home in Plainwell. Joy was born February 18, 1933 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Clifford and Mary (Hidecker) Brauer.

Joy had worked at Shakespeare in the purchasing department and had owned and operated Joy’s Styling Hut until 1995. She was a member of the Eagles, Moose and the Auxiliary at the Otsego VFW. In her leisure time she enjoyed golfing, reading, fishing, bowling and playing pool on the VFW League for many years.

Joy is survived by her children, David Lynch and Dawn King; 11 grandchildren; many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; her sisters, Marion Williams and Mary Lou (Norm) Bean; her companion James Bradford and his children, Peggy (Doug) Garrison, Linda Smith and Brinda Bradford; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd Stowell and her sons, John Lynch Jr. and Rickey Lynch Sr.; a sister June and brother Howard.

A Private Family Interment Service will take place Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Friends are invited to join the family for a luncheon at the VFW 3030 at 4:00 pm Saturday, June 27.

Contributions in memory of Joy may be made to Ascension Borgess Hospice or Auxiliary VFW 3030.

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Maryln Langeance

June 22, 2020 at 6:35 pm

Dawn…..Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you


Linda Mccormick

June 22, 2020 at 9:49 pm

Dawn I am so sorry for your loss, your Mother was such a sweet lady. I will always remember the fun we use to have years ago. My sincere sympathy to you & your family.


Deb Mason

June 22, 2020 at 10:31 pm

Dawn, sorry to hear about your mom. May God give you peace & comfort at this time. Hold on to your wonderful memories. Prayers, love & hugs!



June 23, 2020 at 10:09 am

Dawn and Dave. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. June


Loree and Bob Bagley

June 23, 2020 at 11:36 am

Dawn, sorry to hear this news.

Peace to you


Terri Fairfield-Gott

June 23, 2020 at 1:34 pm

Dawn, So sorry to read this. My prayers are with you and your brother and Jimmy. I always thought the world of your Mom. May she rest in piece.

Love, Terri Gott


Debbie Rantz Stone

June 23, 2020 at 3:18 pm

Dawn, my heart goes out to you and your family. I’m sorry for your loss. Hugs my friend


Donna Reed Hall

June 23, 2020 at 3:25 pm

Dawn and Family-

I am so sorry about The Loss of your Mother..

May God give you strength and ease your broken hearts!! May She Fly With The Angels!!! ❤❤


Jackie Dutton

June 23, 2020 at 4:07 pm


We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.


Dave and Jackie Dutton


Fran Junker

June 23, 2020 at 5:36 pm

I was so sorry to hear of Joy’s passing. I was one of her opponents over the pool table at the VFW and also joined her on the golf course. For many a fun time. Joy’s laugh was infectious so a missed putt was no big deal. She was full of life and fun to be around. My sympathies to Jimmy Bradford and the family.


Dennis Hiemstra

June 23, 2020 at 6:35 pm

My condolences for Dawn and all of Joy’s family.


Joyce Kittlaus

June 23, 2020 at 7:38 pm

Sorry for a loss of a loved one. Joy was a beautiful person. She brought happiness to all. She will be missed. Dawn, family and friends God be with you all.


Mrs. Jim Hewitt. (Patti Khodl)

June 23, 2020 at 9:12 pm

For the family of Joy,

Sorry to learn of your loss. Never easy, whether one knows it is coming or sudden. It is heartbreaking and devastating. Treasure your memories, be kind to yourselves and each other. Seek peace and comfort.


Cynthia Pachner

June 24, 2020 at 7:54 am

So sorry to hear of Joy,s passing, It is never easy to lose a loved one no matter how old they are. Prayers with the family at this very sad time.


~Bill and Janice Thompson

June 24, 2020 at 8:02 am

… Our deepest condolences Dawn, Jimmy and Family. Please know you are being thought about, and hope you find special comfort in knowing Joy and all she meant to all of you, will remain in your hearts forever.


Nancy Cochran

June 25, 2020 at 7:05 am

She will be greatly missed but the memory’s she left behind will never fade away ❤️


Mary Brewster Brennan

June 25, 2020 at 12:32 pm


I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

God Bless

Mary Brewster Brennan


Duane and Sharon Bowker

June 25, 2020 at 12:57 pm


Duane and I are so very sorry to learn of your moms passing. Please let her life and memories bring joy to you and yours in the days and years to come. Bless all of you and your family.


Kathy Plotts

June 25, 2020 at 5:47 pm


So sorry for your loss. We will miss her. We have many memories of your mom.


Kathy Plotts

June 25, 2020 at 5:52 pm


Thinking of you in this difficult time.

Kathy and Lois


Ron & Gail (Foster) Tutewile

June 25, 2020 at 9:18 pm

Dave, Dawn, Jimmy & All,

We are so sorry to hear about “Aunt” Joy’s passing. Have a lot of good memories with her. She certainly had a lot of adventures and a lot of fun in her life I know she felt the love of her family these last weeks. You are all in our thoughts and prayers

Gail & Ron


Steve ( and the Stonehedge Maintenance staff)

June 26, 2020 at 9:32 am

Jim, Dawn, and family,

So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Kathy Graham

June 26, 2020 at 12:32 pm

Dawn and family, So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers. My God put His comforting arms around you. Missing a wonderful lady.

Chico&Kathy Graham


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