Celebrating the life of Joyce Summers Hosford
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November 22, 1922-October 2, 2018
Joyce Summers Hosford, 95, of Tallahassee and Hosford, a fifth generation Floridian, died October 2, 2018, at Big Bend Hospice, Tallahassee, Florida. Mrs. Hosford had been a resident of St. Augustine Plantation Assisted Living, Tallahassee, for the past three months.
Mrs. Hosford is survived by a daughter, Kitte Hosford Carter, (James E.), Tallahassee; a sister, Iona Summers Eubanks, Tallahassee; four granddaughters, Sundae Minton McMillan, (Craig), Tallahassee; Tiffany Hosford Hand, Topeka, Kansas; Brandie Hosford-Fristoe, (C.N.), Tallahassee; Peggy Carter Claborn, (Joe), Tallahassee; three grandsons, Michael Edward Carter, (Tina), Montgomery, Alabama; James W. Carter, Tallahassee, Florida; Robert B. Carter, Panama City, Florida; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mrs. Hosford was predeceased by her parents, A.L. and Jessie McDaniel Summers, Bristol; her husband Wesley Coe Hosford; a son, Rodney Coe Hosford; three brothers, Gordon, Al, and Lester Summers; and one sister, Elnita Summers.
Joyce, a quick witted, lovely, fearless, and dynamic woman, was surrounded by strong women who served as her role models and contributed to the outstanding adult she would become. A native of Estiffanulga, Florida, and a lifelong resident of Liberty County, she graduated from Liberty County High School where she met and married the love of her life, Wesley Coe Hosford, in 1942. As WW II commenced, Wesley enlisted in the Navy and Joyce worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” at the shipyard at St. Andrews Bay, Panama City. She later traveled by train to San Francisco to be with her sailor who was detained from shipping out for six months due to illness - a fortunate act of fate as the ship he was to join was later sunk by the enemy. While in San Francisco, Joyce continued serving her country by working with the U.S. Army typing and producing training manuals for their use.
Following the war, Joyce and Wesley settled in Hosford, Florida, raised their son and daughter and built the home they would occupy for 73 years of concrete blocks they made by hand. This home would serve as a “home away from home” for young and old alike as they shared their bountiful vineyards, livestock, and garden produce with their friends and community. Those fortunate enough to dine at Joyce’s table would be treated to the best of North Florida cuisine, country cooking, and world class catfish dinners. Joyce will always be known as “the Cake Lady” to her family and friends. Whether her lemon pie, peach or blueberry cobblers; the 12 layer chocolate cake; the fresh strawberry cake; her Rum Cake at Christmas the white layer cake with 7 minute frosting and lemon curd filling; or her original Coconut Cake, made even more perfect and world famous by her grandson, “ Chef Bob”, and prepared on national television by Bob and Martha Stewart and by Bob on Bobby Flay’s “Throw Down” – if you were the recipient of a cake made by Joyce Hosford you were truly blessed and much loved!
As a working professional, Joyce worked for the State of Florida, Office of the Auditor General, for 25 years. Later, at the age of 74, she began a second career with the State working in the Department of Elder Affairs until the age of 82. A leader in civic and church activities, Joyce served as the church Secretary-Treasurer and pianist for the Wesleyan Methodist Church for decades and was a force and motivator behind the stunning restoration of the Wesleyan Community Center in 2008. In addition to her church activities, Joyce served as a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention; was a member of the Lions Club; was a member of the DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION; and was State President and Regional President of the Women’s Auxiliary. After the death of her husband, Joyce enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and abroad with her children and grandchildren. She also delighted in visiting her catfish pond every afternoon at four to “feed her fish” – a ritual she continued daily until her move to assisted living.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Wesleyan Community Center, Hosford, Florida, with visitation to begin at 10:00 a.m., one hour prior to the service. A private interment will follow at Wesley Coe and Joyce Summers Hosford Family Lot, Wesley Chapel Cemetery Hosford/Telogia FL.
The family wishes to extend its heartfelt appreciation to Yvonne Wright and Pam Rogers, devoted caregivers; the staff of St. Augustine Plantation Assisted Living; and the staff of Big Bend Hospice for the professional and loving care extended to their loved one during the time she was entrusted to their care. Flowers are welcome and memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, Florida 32308.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, 15 S. Jackson Street, Quincy, FL., (850) 627-7677, is in charge of the arrangements.
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