Joyce Arlyne Rigby passed away peacefully in Crystal Lake, Ill., on Jan. 21, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Jan. 25, 1929, in Woodstock, Illinois to Elmer and Lillie Eckert, who preceded her in death, as did her sister, Mary Perrachione; brother, Dr. Elmer Eckert; grandson Jacob Rigby; and beloved husband, Benjamin Rigby.
She graduated from Woodstock High School in 1946 and attended Gregg Business College in Chicago. Joyce married Benjamin Rigby on May 7, 1949.
Survivors include four sons, David (Kathie) of Johnsburg, Paul (Carol) of Glenview, John (Marla) of Woodstock, and Mark (Jennifer) of Woodstock. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, Benjamin, Kristin (Jesse Messerli), David (Lauren), Michael (Elizabeth), Stephen (Karis), Elizabeth (Greg Masching), Ryan (Jeff Mousty), Nicole Huiras, Jessie (Jay Justice)j, Amy, Christopher; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Joyce was a member of the Woodstock Municipal Band from 1943 to 1957, sitting in the first chair of the clarinet section. She represented Woodstock in the Miss Illinois Contest in 1946. Joyce was an active Cub Scout den mother for many years and a noon-hour aide at Clay Street School for over 30 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Woodstock, serving on the Board of Trustees, sang in the choir, and was church secretary for many years; a former member of the Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, ER volunteer, and chaired the Senior Reassurance Line for many years. Joyce also served as an election judge for over 30 years.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and enjoyed winters in Bonita Springs, Fla., and summers volunteering at Timberlee Christian Center in East Troy, Wis.
Memorials in her name may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Woodstock A memorial service will be held at a later date, with interment in the Oakland Cemetery, Woodstock.
For more information, call Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710, or visit slmcfh.com.