Elizabeth Joyce Eulner

elizabeth eulner
E. Joyce Eulner, 83, a fiercely independent woman and beloved daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend passed away peacefully at her Danville, Ky. home on Sunday, July 21, 2019. Born in Louisville, Kentucky on September 18, 1935, she was the eldest child of the late Raymond H and Sue Cecil Wimberg. Joyce graduated from Loretto High School in 1953 where she was captain of the championship bowling and volleyball teams. She was editor of both her high school and college newspapers. After graduating summa cum laude from Nazareth College/Spalding University in 1957, Joyce taught for one year at Loretto High School before she ventured to Buffalo, New York. She began her career at Canisius College as Secretary to the Registrar in 1958. She rose through the ranks and served as Director of Human Resources for 26 years until she retired in 2004. Joyce was an active member of both the national College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) and the Western New York CUPA Chapter for 40 years. She was awarded the highest honors by both groups for her diligence and steadfast contributions. Throughout her 46-year career at Canisius she was totally committed to the mission and ambience of college campus life. When nominated for an award, she was described by her administrator as “intelligent, innovative, hardworking, dynamic, loyal and upbeat-truly one of Canisius’ biggest contributors.” Buffalo became her adopted home where she enjoyed concerts, cultural events, art shows, gardening and collecting art for her lovely home. Worldwide travel and precious visits to and from her family were her greatest passions. She relocated to Kentucky in the summer of 2007. She built a rich life for herself in Danville where she was close to beloved family members, lifelong friends in Lexington, Louisville and a host of new friends whose lives she touched. She was a member of The Garden Club of Danville and St. Asaph Chapter of the KSDAR. Her physical presence, with her iconic hairstyle, legendary eyeglasses and extraordinary jewelry, was as memorable as her zest for life, storytelling, sharp wit and sage advice. Family and friends will miss her support and the unconditional love that she offered to people at their worst and at their best. The depth of her impact on others was evidenced by the outpouring of love and support from her friends near and far during her health crisis. Joyce was predeceased by her parents and her brother Ronald F. Wimberg of Louisville, Ky. Joyce is survived by her sister, Kathy Wimberg Gray of Columbia, SC; four nephews, Chris Wimberg of Naples, Fla., Mark (Susie) Allen of Danville, Ky, and daughters, Olivia (Eric) Sheaks of Lexington, Ky, and Cecily Allen of Louisville, Ky, Brad (Sarah) Gray and children, Myles and Tabitha, all of Seattle, Washington and Adam Gray of Boston, Massachusetts and a niece, Rachel Gray (Sujay) Pathak and children, Forest and Autumn, all of Baltimore, Md. The family wishes to thank her caregivers and Heritage Hospice for the exceptional care provided to Joyce the last few months. A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the E. Joyce Eulner Scholarship Fund, Canisius College Development Office, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14208. Celebration of life will be held at a later date

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  1. We, the ladies of the St. Asaph Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution were so sad to learn of the death of our beloved member Joyce Eulner. She was a charming and active member and resident of our organization and of Danville and Boyle County. We will miss her. So sorry for your loss. Peggy Ellis, Chaplain, St. Asaph Chapter DAR

  2. Joyce was one of the nicest people I knew at Canisius College. In her role as HR director, Joyce was always fair and very respectful of the college employees. She will be missed but never forgotten.

  3. Joyce will be greatly missed by my family. The last couple of years were so hard on her but she always maintained that wonderful personality that everyone loved so much. She was certainly a beautiful soul.

  4. Joyce was truly one of a kind. I feel lucky to have met her. I loved seeing her when she came with her group of friends to Pioneer Playhouse to see a show. Her star still burns bright here.

  5. I only met and knew Joyce for 5 days when I met her with my daughter in Fort Myers while visiting a mutual friend, Elaine Crawford. Joyce was ageless. We had so much fun!!! Joyce was a hoot and such a lady! She created quite an impression on my daughter and me. As a former Buffalonian we enjoyed reminiscing about my city. I’m so sorry I will not see her again. I hope I’m lucky enough to get to heaven and rekindle our friendship. Rest In Peace, Sweet Lady.

  6. I was blessed to have known Ms. Joyce the last 4 months of her life as one of her caregivers. Ms. Joyce enriched my life every day and taught me something new and valuable every day. Not one day goes by I don’t think of her and miss her. Even being so very ill, she always put her best foot forward. She strived to be sure everyone she knew was aware of how special they were to her. She was so intelligent and I thank God I was able to know her, if only for a short time. I thank her family for giving me that opportunity and privilege. She was a truly amazing woman!

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