Joyce Simon, 90, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Thurs., Feb. 28, 2013.
She was born and brought up in Bridgeport, Conn. on July 15, 1922, daughter of Julius and Ida Smith, of blessed memory. Joyce graduated from Ohio St. University in 1944. She moved to New York to pursue a career in retailing and became the handbag buyer at Bloomingdale’s before becoming the handbag buyer for the Macy’s Corporation.
In 1954, she moved to Atlanta with her husband Bernie Simon and became very active in The Temple Sisterhood. Besides participating in most sisterhood programs and co-chairing the gift shop, she was treasurer for several years. In addition, she was an active member of B’nai Brith, as well as the National Council of Jewish Women, where she chaired the council thrift shop. Joyce also volunteered for years with the Atlanta Ballet, marketing their performances, and later became president of The Standard Club Ladies Golf Association and co-chaired the Entertainment Committee. Besides being a life member of the auxiliary of The William Breman Jewish Home, she volunteered in the Jewish Home office.
Joyce helped Bernie develop their business, The Little Fawn Co. and Saas Glass, and actively worked there for many years. At the age of 76, she worked part-time in the marketing department of a local publishing company responsible for Where Magazine and Plan Your Meetings.
After the death of her loving husband of 59 years in 2008, she moved to Columbus to be near part of her family. Joyce is survived by her daughters, Susan Silber (Harold) of Knoxville, Tenn. and Ronnie Perlstein (Alan) of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Adam Silber of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Lance Silber of Knoxville, Paige Perlstein of Columbus, Kenny Perlstein of New York City, and Michael Perlstein (Julie) – as well as their children, Dylan and Grant – of Washington, D.C.
An online guestbook is available at edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, the-temple.org; or Zusman Hospice, 1151 College Ave., Columbus, OH 43209. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Fri., March 1, 2013 at Crest Lawn Memorial Park with Rabbi Fred Reeves officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.