Joyce Arlene Forrider

Joyce Arlene Forrider

November 07, 1939 - May 11, 2024

Joyce Arlene Forrider

November 07, 1939 - May 11, 2024


Joyce Arlene Forrider, (84), recently of Chippewa Twp., Beaver Falls, PA, was welcomed into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, early Saturday morning, May 11, 2024.

She was born on November 7, 1939, in Urbana Ohio to the late Lewis C. and Mary Opel (Harshbarger) Zinn. Joyce surrendered her heart to Jesus at an early age and never looked back.  Joyce met the love of her life, Ronald Forrider, during her short tenure at Malone College (University), and they were wed June 3, 1960. They spent just a few months short of 60 years happily married. As someone said, “They were two peas in a pod,” and she greatly missed him the last four years and longed to be with him and her Savior.  Along with her husband, Joyce spent the majority of her life ministering to Native American youth in New Mexico, Arizona, and Montana. Several years of her life were also given to service at Allegheny Wesleyan College in Salem, Ohio.  She was a loving and faithful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Aunt, and friend. Joyce had a great big, loving heart and therefore had a host of individuals who had “adopted” her and lovingly called her “Grandma Forrider.” All who knew her will remember her for her sweet, Christian disposition.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband, Ronald Lee Forrider; two brothers, Roy (Helen) Zinn, and Raymond Zinn; three sisters, Alice (Marlin) Kaup, Marjory (Joe) Brown, and Janis Sutterfield; and one brother-in-law, Robert Williams.

Joyce is survived by her four sons, James (Rebecca) Forrider, Brad (Cheryl) Forrider, Daniel (Mary) Forrider, Reverend Tim (Holly) Forrider; eight grandchildren, Carol Hardy, Jonathan (Nicole) Forrider, Crystal (Greg) Hoffman, Zachary (Brooke) Forrider, Nathaniel (Taylor) Forrider, Joseph (Brigette) Forrider, Aaron Forrider, and Rachel Forrider; seven great-grandchildren, Colton, Carson, Kati, Kristofer, Isabella, Ophelia, and Raegan; two brothers, Russell (Esther) Zinn, and Richard (Gayle) Zinn; one sister, Edith Williams; one brother-in-law, Leon Sutterfield; and one sister-in-law; Gail Zinn.

Friends will be received on Friday, May 17, 2024 from 1:00 PM until the time of services at 4:00 PM in the Salem Wesleyan Methodist Church- 1095 Newgarden Ave., Salem, OH 44460. If you are unable to attend but would like to join in the celebration of Joyce’s life, you can access the live stream of the service through the church’s website at An additional viewing will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM in the Fulton Creek Evangelical Friends Church- 10950 Fulton Creek Road, Richwood, OH 43344, followed by the interment in Hopewell Cemetery, Marysville, OH, where she will be laid to rest beside her husband to await the Glorious Resurrection.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Joyce’s memory to Northwest Indian Bible School, 32485 Bible Lane, Alberton, MT 59820.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation and thanks to the Good Samaritan Hospice of Heritage Valley Beaver for their love and care to our mother in the last days of her earthly journey.

The GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 117 Blackhawk Rd., Chippewa Twp., was honored to provide care and guidance to Joyce’s family during this difficult time.

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4 responses to Joyce Arlene Forrider

  1. To Reverend Tim Forridor and family,
    may Jesus comfort you during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Melodie Fair says:

    Sister Forrider will be missed by so many. Her life influenced many lives over the years. My condolences to all of her family. She and Ron were such dedicated and hard workers no matter what they did! May God bless and comfort you all.

  3. Beth C. says:

    Sis Forrider was a special lady in my life! She always showed love and concern for those around her! We shared some special times and I will never forget her smile!

  4. Lisa Rambo says:

    I was so privileged to know Grandma Forrider. She was truly a blessing. Her beaming smile and loving ways truly let me know that she cared about me and was happy to see me. She was a very special lady and will be greatly missed. So thankful her & Grandpa are together again! Much love to all the family.

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