Lifetime resident leaves gift to Plainview Foundation
“There’s no place like home!” At least not according to Joyce Markus.
Joyce, a resident of Plainview, died on June 13, just one month shy of her 95th birthday. And because she spent all but a few of those years growing up, marrying, raising her own family, and retiring in Plainview, her family has chosen to gift the Plainview Area Foundation in her memory.
The non-profit Foundation was founded in 2007 as a means to serve the people of Plainview and the surrounding areas by supporting a variety of projects and programs that serve area citizens of all ages. Examples of grants include providing funds for summer reading programs, purchasing tables and chairs for the Senior Center, and purchasing new playground equipment for a local school.
Donating to the Plainview Area Foundation made sense to the Markus family. There were few individuals who loved their community as much as she did.
The daughter of William and Pearl DePew, she was born on July 17, 1924. She graduated from PHS in 1942. She married Joe Markus, another Plainview resident, in 1949. The couple spent the first few years of their marriage in Rochester, but it wasn’t long before Joyce and Joe, children in tow, returned to Plainview.
Joyce and Joe purchased the Carley house on Fifth Street Southwest and raised their family of five: Becky, Gwen, Bill, Judy, and Krissie in a neighborhood filled with kids - the Mangans, the Schouweilers, the Currans, and the McDonoughs - just to name a few. They were a family whose house is remembered as being a hub in the neighborhood for love, laughter, and simple pleasures.
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