Buning, Joyce A.
Joyce Arlene Buning, was born November 13, 1935 in Portland, Michigan to August and Jeanette Hoort. She passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 26, at her home in Middleville, Michigan, surrounded by her family. Joyce grew up on a dairy farm in Portland, Michigan and graduated from Portland High School and Davenport Institute (College). After graduation, Joyce married Alvin Jay Buning in 1955, and he preceded her in death in 1999. She was also preceded in death by her oldest daughter: Millie, her parents, her brothers-in-laws: Bernie Van Kovering, Glen DenBesten, John Triezenberg, and a sister-in-law: Barbara Buning. Joyce is survived by her daughters: Lori (Wayne) Kidder and Jean (Dan) Van Horn, sons: Tom (Karen) and Ron (Kris) and Millie's husband Greg. She'll also be missed by her Grandchildren; Gregory, Nicholas, Kristin, Brad (Sarah), Amy (Adel), Dana, Megan (Dan), Alex, Kaitie, Beth, Matt and Hanna and five great grandchildren. Joyce is remembered fondly by her siblings: Mary (Bob) Dekoekoek, Phylis Hoort and Connie, Janice DenBesten, Jim (Carol) Hoort, and Eileen (Hank) Hofstra, and Al's siblings; Jerald, Janice, and Clinton (Jean). As well as many nieces and nephews. Joyce and Al raised their family on a farm in Caledonia, Michigan. After the children were older, Joyce worked a variety of administrative roles, but her favorite job remained farming. Joyce was known for her beautiful gardens and flowers. After retirement, Joyce volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and New Creations Prison Ministry. They attended Peace Reformed Church as a family. She was loved by many friends, neighbors and church family members. Joyce’s family will receive friends Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Beeler-Gores Funeral Home, Middleville. A celebration of her life will be conducted Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:00 AM with a visitation at 10:00 AM at Peace Church, 6950 Cherry Valley Road, Middleville. Memorial contributions, if desired, to Faith Hospice will be appreciated. Please visit www.beelergoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Joyce’s family.