Joyce E. Sumner, 71

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Joyce E. Sumner

Joyce E. Sumner, 71, of Fulton, died Monday at home after a long courageous battle with liver disease.  She was the daughter of Martin and Beatrice Madeline Bower Turner.  Joyce was a graduate of S.U.N.Y. at Geneseo where she received her bachelors degree in education.  She taught in the Fulton Consolidated School System at Lanigan Elementary School in Fulton and Volney Elementary School in Volney.  Joyce was a member of State Street United Methodist Church where she was financial secretary, chairperson of the Pastor Relations Committee, choir member and played flute solos.  She was a member of both the Fulton and Hannibal Community Bands.  Joyce was an active member of the Fulton Quilt Guild.  She was an avid golfer.

Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Fred Sumner of Fulton; her children, Gregory (Nancy) Sumner of Conquest and Elizabeth (David) Nevin of Fulton; four grandchildren, Mary, Katherine, Leland Sumner and Aodhan Nevin; three sisters, her twin, Judith Capozzi of Fulton, Beatrice Kay (Richard) Bennett of Kingman, AZ and Dianne (Roy) Wilson of Rochester; six nieces and nephews.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton with burial at Fairdale Rural Cemetery in Hannibal.  Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State Street, Fulton, 13069 or to the American Red Cross, Oswego Chapter, 129 West Second Street, Oswego, 13126.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


  1. mrs. sumner was my fourth grade teacher at volney, i loved her. when i got older, i would run into her and she would always remeber me. she was an amazing teacher. she will surely be missed. may god bless you all.

  2. Joyce and I met when I transferred in as a junior at Geneseo and found out we were both from Fulton. Then we determined that she and my husband, Jim, were neighbors on the West Side when they were kids. I always remember her smiling, even through the last distressful years of her life. My condolences to Fred and the family. I too, shall miss her.

  3. Fred and family—So sorry to hear of Joyce’s untimely passing. Joyce was always a warm and friendly person, and although our paths have not crossed in recent years…I have many fond memories of Joyce, as did my late wife, Charlotte. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. John T. Sullivan, Albany, N.Y.

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