Joy Ann (Crothers) Angel

April 28, 1938 ~ June 23, 2019 (age 81)


Joy Ann Crothers Angel,

Died, June 23, 2019 of dementia. She was born April 28, 1938 in Wyandotte, MI, to Bruce and Edna (Gould) Crothers. Joy moved to the “farm” in Sunfield Township in 1945 where she grew up and graduated valedictorian of the class of 1956 from Woodland High School. She went to college in Kalamazoo where she met and married Clair L. Angel in 1960. Joy and Clair moved to Eaton Rapids, MI, in 1970 where they operated the Western Auto Store and raised their three children. After her divorce, Joy returned to college and graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in science and later retired from the State of Michigan in 2011. Joy was a gregarious woman and was very involved with her community and church, becoming a lay leader and was on many committees. She was a voracious reader and had a lovely voice. Joy sang with the Eaton Rapids Women’s Chorus for decades, sang with the Lakewood Choral Society for many years and of course, her church choir. The family would like to thank the staff of Stone Ridge Adult Foster Care, Loving Hands Home Care and Great Lakes Hospice.

Left to cherish her memory is her son, David C. Angel; daughter, Ellen J. (Michael Williams) Angel; daughter-in-law, Cheryl (Bryce) Angel; grandchildren, Bryce T. Angel, Claire Angel-Williams, Jacob (Nikki) Angel-Williams, Morgan J. Angel and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Roy Crothers; sister-in-law, Vera Crothers; niece, Ruth Ann Crothers; nephew, Bruce A. Crothers and her beloved son, Bryce L. Angel.

Funeral services will be held at 5 pm Thursday June 27, 2019 at the Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 pm and Thursday one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Woodland United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left online at


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Funeral Service
June 27, 2019

5:00 PM
Koops Funeral Chapel (Lake Odessa)

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