Joycelee Bussard (Bussard) Leatherman

Born: Sun., Jan. 30, 1949
Died: Sat., Mar. 3, 2012


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Tue., Mar. 06, 2012
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Mar. 06, 2012
Location: Donald B Thompson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Wed., Mar. 07, 2012
Location: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Mrs. Joycelee Bussard Leatherman, 63, Myersville, died Saturday March 3, 2012 at the home of her sister in Middletown surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was the wife Harold Eugene Leatherman.
Born in Middletown, January 30, 1949 she was a daughter of the late Harry L. and Anna Louise Delauter Bussard.
She was employed as a custodian with the Frederick County Public Schools and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown.
Surviving, besides her husband, are:
1 brother - Robert "Sam" Bussard - Middletown
3 sisters - Marianna Keeney - Middletown; Jane Rith - Hagerstown; Harriett Hahn - Mercersburg, PA
her father-in-law - Arthur Leatherman - Myersville
her brother-in-law - Gene Leatherman and wife Candy - Myersville
She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two brothers: Kenneth "Peck" Bussard and Ellwood Bussard; and sister Ruth Zier.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday March 6 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown.  Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM on Wednesday March 7 from Zion Lutheran Church, 107 W. Main St., Middletown.  Rev. Kathy Vitalis Hoffman will officiate. Interment will be made in the Grossnickle Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Myersville.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Regional Cancer Therapy Center, 501 W. Seventh St., Frederick, MD 21701 or to any children's charity.
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Mara Marie (Barnhart) Lowry
   Posted Sun March 04, 2012
Dear Harold, upholding you in prayer. We will miss Joycelee terribly. Missed getting together for our birthdays this year but know that one day soon we will have a wonderful celebration when we all meet in Heaven. We will keep in touch. Love you, David & Mara

Doug & Patty Fogle
   Posted Mon March 05, 2012
Dear Harold & Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We have fond memories of "Aunt Joy," from walking Doug to school as a child, to her visits when we lived in Middletown as a young family, to a very nice visit at her home last summer, when we laughed as she and Doug shared funny stories of years gone by. A person of great character, Joy always had nice things to say, and she listened intently as our girls would share their latest life events with her. She had a great respect for children and always made them feel special. She will definitely be missed by our family. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Doug, Patty, Kaylee, and Madelyn Fogle

Diane Lambert
   Posted Mon March 05, 2012
I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. Joyce was a lovely lady. She will be greatly missed.

Sharon Simon
   Posted Mon March 05, 2012
Family, I am so sorry to hear about Joy. I know she is pain free and in good hands now. When I visited her last fall she was so opptomistic as always and was her dear sweet self. Always caring more for the other person. I will always remember our times growing up and visiting and playing together on Sunday afternoons. Although her life was cut short she left a lasting impact. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God be with you all. Sending my love, Sharon.

Janet Dill
   Posted Mon March 05, 2012
Joycelee was such a wonderful woman. I treasure all of the wonderful baby items she made for my girls and all of stories she shared with me. I'm happy to know that she is no longer suffering but her loss hits all of us deeply. Wolfsville Elementary will never be the same without her taking care of us.

Emily Kapec
   Posted Tue March 06, 2012
Easter egg hunts, Ladies' Banquets, playing with the children, making cards and stamping, chatting after school as we worked, learning her driving short-cuts, hand-made baby gifts, helping me hold a wiggly Andrew while we made his footprint plaque together, her visit with our family in Hawaii, seeing my babies faces looking up at her with smiles when she held them, picnics, hand-sewn Christmas stockings, I could go on... My family will truly miss "Aunt Joy". What a blessing to have had her in our lives.

Nancy Ferguson
   Posted Tue March 06, 2012
Joycelee was such a positive person. She brightened my days at Wolfsville, working with her in the cafeteria and talking to her in work room She has a special place in so many hearts. Her powerful faith was inspirational. She talked so joyfully of entertaining the children and family with her Easter egg hunt. She will be missed.

Sandy Wiebel
   Posted Tue March 06, 2012
Joycelee, was always there and willing to help me or anyone at school in Wolfsville, where she was loved by all, students, coworkers, parents, and anyone who knew her. She was so strong and talented. Her hands were always busy. If she wasn't working, she was crocheting, knitting, or embroidering something for someone. No one could be more courageous in illness. She put it in God's hands she told me. She dearly loved her Herald, family, and all her "children". I will miss my dear friend and was blessed to know her.

Sarah and Dennis Malivuk
   Posted Wed March 07, 2012
We will dearly miss Aunt Joy. Our hearts are heavy today but we know that she now rests peacefully with Our Lord and Saviour.

Sarah and Dennis Malivuk
Camden, Delaware

   Posted Wed March 07, 2012
Yoycelee, I will miss you. You were a great friend and colleage. You made my life at Wolfsville so much easier especially when I was new. We have shared so many things, trips to Lancaster, stamping-up, home made Easter Candy and honorary aunts to Anna and Andrew.

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