Cornelia Joyce Carmen fell asleep in death on Monday, June 28, 2021. She was 70.
"Connie", as she was affectionately called by her family and Joyce by many friends, was born to the late Lloyd Oliver and Beatrice Williams on March 9, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
As someone who loved easily and was even easier to love, Cornelia will be dearly missed until she can be reunited with family and friends in Paradise.
Cornelia was the youngest of eight children by her mother and oldest of three children by her father. She attended and graduated from Hughes High School in 1969. She married Charles Edward Carmen, Jr. in 1970. Three daughters on whom she doted were born from their union: Alicia, Carlotta and Ebony. She worked for the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Office of Unemployment for more than 30 years before retiring in 2007.
Cornelia dedicated her life to Jehovah and was baptized on April 17, 1982 at the "Kingdom Truth" District Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses. This began her 39-year walk of faith serving many years in the Evanston Congregation and most recently Walnut Hills Congregation. She genuinely loved doing the work of Jehovah, having the privilege to be a continuous auxiliary pioneer and share with people the truths she learned from the Bible. She especially enjoyed sharing her firm belief in the hope of the resurrection.
With a quiet manner yet powerful and zealous spirit for Jehovah, one of Cornelia's favorite scriptures was Isaiah 41:10: "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right of righteousness."
Cornelia was like a modern-day version of the biblical Dorcas according to her daughters. Like Dorcas, she "abounded in good deeds and gifts of mercy." (Acts 9:36)
"As our mother, she was always there when we needed her - when anyone needed her," said her daughter Carlotta in tribute. "She cared for her mom as she was ailing, along with caring for her brother, her sister, and her inseparable spiritual gang of sisters. She was there to the end always extending herself for others. She was there to listen to your problems and give sound scriptural advice."
As a very loving mother, grandmother, daughter, wife, sister, aunt and friend, Cornelia enjoyed spending time with family. She enjoyed playing card games like Spades, traveling, camping and cooking.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Charles Edward Carmen, Jr.; sisters Barbara Jean Williams, Lenoir Young, and Maggie Williams; and brothers Tommy Lee Williams and Billy Williams.
She leaves to mourn but cherish her memory: three daughters Alicia R. Carmen, Carlotta "Cookie" Carmen and Ebony Clay (Reggie); five granddaughters Alicia Winstead, Laniecha Carmen, Octavia Carmen-Houser, Ebony Alexander and Deinia Hamilton; one great granddaughter Sierra Winstead; three sisters Brenda Hill, Linda Hampton and Joyce Owens; one brother Daniel Williams; three sisters-in-law Deborah Hines, Johanna Carmen and Aggie Williams; brother-in-law Lester Carmen (Brenda); a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and her spiritual family.