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Joyce A. (Hartsell) Coast

December 8, 1940 ~ December 5, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Joyce Coast Obituary

     Joyce A. Coast, age 82 of Knox, passed away Tuesday afternoon, December 5, 2023, at the Butler Memorial Hospital.

     Born December 8, 1940 in Oil City, she was a daughter of the late Dow R. Hartsell and Libbie Seth Hartsell.

     Joyce was a graduate of Keystone High School in the class of 1958.

     She married James B. Coast, Sr. and he preceded her in death in 1994.

    Joyce worked for the Jefferson-Clarion Head Start for 30 years and retired in June of 2000.

     She was a member of the St. Mark’s United Church of Christ at Monroe and enjoyed listening to television ministries, crocheting and playing bingo.

    Survivors include her children: Rick Stitt of Shippenville, Randy Stitt of Knox, Traci Phillips and her husband, David, of Knox; James B. Coast, Jr. of Georgia, C. Pat Stitt and wife, Tracy, of Callensburg and Jolene McHenry of Lucinda.

    Joyce is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Nicole, Shannon, Steph, Brandi, Markus, Kayla, Gloria, Kalyn, Tiffany, JT, Ashley, Patrick and Kiara; 18 great grandchildren, and a brother, Donald Hartsell and his wife, Sandy, of Henry’s Bend.

     In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey W. Stitt and a sister, Janeil Braun.

     Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2023 at the William N. Rupert Mortuary, Inc., 430 Mendenhall Avenue, Knox.

     Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with Reverend Chris Lewis officiating.

     Interment will take place in the Monroe Community Cemetery.

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December 9, 2023

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
William N. Rupert Mortuary Inc.
430 Mendenhall Avenue Drawer F
Knox, PA 16232

Funeral Service
December 9, 2023

1:00 PM
William N. Rupert Mortuary Inc.
430 Mendenhall Avenue Drawer F
Knox, PA 16232


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