MILLAR- Joyce A. (nee Linzy-Howe)

of Hamburg, NY. October 10, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Charles A. Howe and Harold Millar; dearest mother of Craig (Cindy) Howe, Holly (late Lee Peters and Don Parker) Parker, Margo (late Scott) Bailey, Leanne Howe and Marcy (Ron) Partacz; cherished grandma of 10 grandchildren and great-grandma of 10 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service will be celebrated on Saturday, October 22 at 11 AM at the Hamburg Presbyterian Church, 177 Main Street. Flowers gratefully declined, memorials to the Fox Run Employee Fund or the Hamburg Presbyterian Church. Funeral arrangements entrusted to LOOMIS, OFFERS & LOOMIS INC. FUNERAL HOME (Hamburg Chapel).


Joyce Linzy Howe Millar


Joyce saw the world through beautiful blue, trusting eyes.  She loved life and shared that love with all she met.


Joyce was born in Ossian, New York April 7, 1924, the daughter of Ross and Grace Shay Linzy.  She graduated from Dansville High School in 1942.  Joyce joined the Cadet Army Corp of Nursing at the Buffalo General School of Nursing the following July.  She graduated with her RN degree in 1946.


Joyce caught the eye of Charles A. Howe, Jr., while he was a medical student at the University of Buffalo.  They were married at the Ossian Presbyterian Church on March 1, 1947, shortly after Charles successfully passed his Gross Anatomy exam.


As parents, they moved to Hamburg, New York, in 1949.  There they built a life for their five children, Craig Linzy Howe, Holly Lee Parker, Margo Joyce Bailey, Leanne Ethel Howe, and Marcia (Marcy) Grace Partacz.


Joyce loved being surrounded by her family.  In addition to her five children, her ten grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.


In 1950, Joyce joined the Hamburg Presbyterian Church.  She served the church she loved as an Ordained Elder, Deacon, and member of the Board of Trustees.  In addition, Joyce was an active member of Presbyterian Women, a Life Member of the Presbyterian Board of Missions, and a delegate to the Church's General Assembly in 1995.


Joyce was active in Hamburg's School System.  She served as an 11-year member and President of the School Board and earned a lifetime award from the PTA.  In addition, she was a Past President and member of the Hamburg Counseling Center, Chair of the Hamburg Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the local United Appeal.  


Other interests were Meals-on-Wheels, Bridge, and Mah Jongg.


Following her husband, Charles' death in 1980, Joyce was grateful to date and marry fellow Hamburg resident and long-time Hamburg Presbyterian Church member Harold C. Millar in 1996.  The marriage lasted until Harold died in 2013.


Joyce died on Monday, October 10, 2022, at 98.  She suffered from the effects of Alzheimer's.  Her blue eyes are now closed, but the love they communicated remains open in the thoughts and minds of many.


In place of flowers, donations to the Hamburg Presbyterian Church or the Fox Run Employee Fund.



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