Joyce Burrell Holden

Joyce B. Holden, 83, of State College, passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Juniper Village of Brookline.

Born May 18, 1934 in Greensburg, PA, Joyce was the daughter of the late Milford A. and Myrtle J. (Kiester) Burrell. On August 13, 1955, Joyce married A. Donald Holden who survives at home.

Joyce is also survived by her family, three sons Dale A. Holden of Delmont, PA; Barry L. Holden and wife Vanessa of State College; and Todd A. Holden and wife Lisa of Port Matilda. Joyce was a devoted grandmother to her six grandchildren, Renee A. Holden of Ford City; Olivia M. Holden of Portland, Oregon, Sara E. Holden of Richmond, VA, Brett A. Holden of Herndon, VA, Joseph B. Holden of Port Matilda, and Anna M. Holden of Port Matilda. She was preceded in death by her six siblings, Eugene Burrell, Clarence Burrell, Elmer Burrell, Carl Burrell, Helen Smith, and William Burrell.

Joyce was a graduate of Greensburg High School class of 1951. She was employed after high school by the Greensburg School District prior to her marriage. Joyce was an active member of her community in Delmont and was the President of the Delmont Women's Club and member of the Delmont Presbyterian Church. Joyce was employed as the secretary for the Delmont Presbyterian church for more than 25 years before retiring and moving to State College. Throughout her life, Joyce was an avid Penn State fan attending all types of Penn State sporting events. Joyce enjoyed reading, spending time with her family and watching Pittsburgh Steelers football and the Pittsburgh Pirates and the State College Spikes baseball games.

A celebration of life gathering will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Vaia Funeral Home in Delmont, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Delmont Public Library Building Campaign at:

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