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Joyce McCraney Mumma

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On November 24, 2019 @ 1:36 pm In Obituaries | 14 Comments

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Joyce McCraney Mumma, 89, went home to her Lord on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in her apartment at Oak Leaf Manor North in Landisville.  Born in Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, on November 7, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Wendell Malcolm McCraney and Madeline Edessa Riley McCraney.  She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Joe Landis Mumma.

She is survived by her two sons Jeffrey Scott Mumma (wife Holly) of Marlton, New Jersey, and Joel Marc Mumma (wife Diane) of East Hempfield Twp., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as well as six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Joyce is also survived by her brother Dr. William Lloyd McCraney (wife Barbara) of New Freedom, Pennsylvania, and two nieces, one nephew, three grandnieces, and three grandnephews.

She grew up near Millersville, attended the local public schools, and graduated as salutatorian from Manor-Millersville High School in 1948.  Having completed her student teaching at the Model School, she graduated from Millersville State Teachers College (now Millersville University) with a B.S. degree in Library Science in 1952. 

Joyce spent her first year of teaching in the English Department at New Hope Junior-Senior High School, New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Moving back home the next year, she taught English, ran the library, and was a class advisor at Penn Manor High School in Millersville for six years.  She moved to Landisville when she got married and quit teaching while her children were small.  Resuming her career, she became the librarian first at Landisville Elementary School #1 (now the Administration Building) and then Farmdale Elementary School for the Hempfield School District, where she worked until her retirement in 1986.  Joyce taught for a total of twenty-eight years in the public schools.

As a teenager, she joined St. Paul Lutheran Church in Millersville.  When she got married in 1956, she followed her husband to Leacock United Presbyterian Church in Paradise, where he had attended since boyhood.  In 1976, she and her family joined Westminster Presbyterian Church soon after it was organized.  There she served as a deaconess, sang in the Matins Choir, and played in the Clarinet Choir.  The Church was a big part of her life.

Joyce was for years an active member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Mount Joy Chapter, and the Lancaster Musical Arts Society.  She was an avid Penn State football fan and enjoyed attending home games with her family for forty years.  She also gained years of pleasure attending plays and concerts at the Fulton Opera House.  In her school years, she played clarinet, tenor saxophone, and field hockey.  She was a lifelong music lover and played her clarinet in the Rohrerstown Community Band for fifty years.   

A funeral will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019, in the sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2151 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at 11:00 a.m.  Visitation with the family will begin at 10:00 a.m.  A private interment will occur later at Landisville Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Joyce’s name to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2151 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601-4604.          

Condolences for the family of “Joyce McCraney Mumma”

Condolence from Ernie & April Springer on November 25th, 2019 8:15 am

Jeff and Family,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Thankful that our Savior Jesus Christ has overcome death and the grave. May God’s peace be with all of you at this time.

Ernie & April Springer

Condolence from Janell (Rannels) Nolt on December 1st, 2019 2:26 pm

We are so sorry for the loss of Joyce:(
I went to Farmdale and my Mom and her were good friends. My Mom Ruth was also her Avon lady:) Joyce came to my wedding too!
But, most heart warming is that until a few years ago, Joyce sent my two kids and myself a birthday card every year. I always sent her one too. My kids grew up getting a card every year from her and it was so special to them that she did that…
She called me a few years ago and that is the last I have heard from her, but I just wanted to pass that along to your family.
God Bless and all the wonderful memories you must have of Joyce.

Condolence from Betty Lou Bitzer on December 1st, 2019 7:50 pm

So sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. I have fond memories of playing in the Rohrerstown Band with her and Joel. I believe she was also the Historian for the band as well.
Keeping her family in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

Betty Lou (Herr) Bitzer
(played alto saxophone)

Condolence from Scott Mumma on December 1st, 2019 8:00 pm

I’ve never met your Mother/Grandmother, but she sounds like a special person who have a lot of herself for the betterment of others. My condolences.

Condolence from Virginia Wright on December 3rd, 2019 2:05 pm

I have fond memories of sharing a bedroom as a child with Joyce after the death of my Mother. Joyce and her brother Lloyd were like siblings to me. I currently am living in Ohio and unable to come in for the funeral, but know my sincere condolences are with you all.

Condolence from Karen and Charlie Martin ( Virginia Wrights’ Daughter) on December 3rd, 2019 2:07 pm

The loss of parents are not easy. I will keep you all in my prayers for comfort and peace.

Condolence from Dillon Hummel on December 4th, 2019 10:43 am

My deepest condolences to Aunt Joyce, the whole family and relatives.
Aunt Joyce you will be remembered as a great and loving aunt, sister, sister in law.
You will be watching proud from above and looking after us.

Love Dillon

Condolence from Kirsten Crockett on December 4th, 2019 10:55 am

I am so sorry for your loss

Condolence from Liam Hummel on December 4th, 2019 11:24 am

My deepest condolences to uncle Joe, my grandpa Lloyd and the rest of the family.

Love Liam

Condolence from Alana Hummel on December 4th, 2019 12:02 pm

My deepest condelences to Uncle Joe and the family and to my Paha (grandpa).
Aunt Joyce will always be with us.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Condolence from Danielle Hummel McNamara on December 4th, 2019 5:13 pm

Dear Jeff, Joel, Holly and Diane,

I am thinking of all of you, and your families. I’ve been thinking about Aunt Joyce a lot these past days. So many childhood, and adulthood memories! Every year at Thanksgiving, I use the crystal bowl that she gave me as a wedding gift for the cranberry sauce. It always makes me smile and brings make memories of holidays long ago. Uncle Joe is also always present at my Thanksgiving table in the form of a small bowl of green olives with pimento. There is comfort in the idea that they are together again in heaven.
All of my love, thoughts, and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Sharron Watson on December 5th, 2019 12:15 pm

Jeffrey, Joel, Uncle Lloyd and Barbara,
Rick and I send our condolences to all of the family. I fondly remember family gatherings at Auntie’s home, and with the Christmas season I recall the singing and all us “kids” posing on the steps.
We regret we are unable to attend the funeral with a conflict due to a Hershey Med appointment unable to reschedule.
May memories of your mother and prayers comfort you Jeffrey and Joel.
Sharron Wright Watson

Condolence from Trobe Barnitz on December 14th, 2019 11:05 am

Joyce was a lovely person and co-worker in the Hempfield School District. For years I received a birthday card from her. I’m sure she sent hundreds of birthday cards. They were always appreciated. She and Joe raised two great sons. It was a pleasure to know her.

Condolence from Rev. Robert F. Klersy on July 17th, 2020 11:45 am

Joyce Mumma was a neat lady. I am the librarian that took her place at Farmdale School when she retired. I saw her death noted in the Millersville Alumni magazine today and want to express my condolences to the family. Joyce visited Farmdale School a few times after she retired and always made it a point to stop in the library to say hello. I’m not sure she was always happy with the changes I made, but she never had a disparaging word. We oftentimes ate lunch together during her visits and “talked shop.” I only stayed at Farmdale two years before I left to embark upon a career in pastoral ministry, but I will always remember Joyce and how kind and gracious she was.

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