Friday, January 8, 2021

Joyce E. Watson, 81

Allentown, NY - Joyce E. Watson, 81, of Melvina Street, Allentown passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a long illness. She was born in Olean on November 13, 1939 the daughter of the late Fredrick and Rose (James) Ervin. Though she was born in Olean, after a bit of moving, Joyce settled in Allentown, which is where she considered home. 

For a time, Joyce worked for Eastman Kodak, however, she found her career at Jones Memorial Hospital. For seventeen years Joyce served the community in Jones' house keeping department. Joyce loved bingo, animals (especially her dog “Bo”), and collecting coin banks; she always very much looked forward to The Ham and Leek dinner at the Richburg Fire Department, cook-outs with her family, sitting around the campfire cooking s'mores, and senior center trips to casinos. She was a beloved member of the Brookside Weslyan Church of Wellsville. 

Joyce is survived by: two sons, Rodney Watson of Olean and Jeffrey Watson of Fort Walton Beach, FL; a daughter, Terri Paiz of Oak Harbor, WA; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Gene Schram of Allentown; a sister-in-law Joyce Ervin of FL; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend Robert Mitchell. She was predeceased, in addition to her parents, by: two daughters, Diane McCaffery and Sandra Prentice; a great grandchild, Sarah Paiz; a brother, Thomas Ervin; and a sister Mary Schram. 

Friends are invited to call on Monday, January 11, 2021 to the J.W. Embser Son Funeral Home in Wellsville, NY (34 West State Street) from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Joyce's funeral service will follow visitation at 1:00pm with Rev. William Lawson presiding. Due to COVID restrictions, the service will also be live streamed to the J.W. Embser Sons Facebook page. Burial will take place in Maple Lawn Cemetery, in Bolivar. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to The SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit, 


  1. Rest in peace dear Joyce. You will be dearly missed. I'll remember always the time in Buffalo when you,me and some other ladies from church went to buffalo for a ladies retreat. we had so much fun. it was the one when Johnny Cashes niece was the speaker. and i'll remember always your kindness and your willingness always to help at church. love and miss you.

  2. my condolences to the family and friends of Joyce Watson. she was a wonderful and special lady.