Joan F. Byers, age 76, of New Paltz, NY, died Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the New Paltz Care Center in New Paltz. She was born December 10, 1941 in New York City, the daughter of the late Finlay F. and Elizabeth M. (Gibson) Morrison. Joan was predeceased by her husband, Richard L. Byers, on April 12, 1997.
She was employed as a teacher with the New York State Department of Corrections at the Shawangunk Correctional Facility until her retirement in 2005.
Joan loved doing artwork, especially drawing and painting. She worked with water colors and pastels. She also enjoyed reading and writing memories and life stories. She belonged to several local book clubs and writing clubs. She also loved to travel.
She is survived by one son: Richard W. Byers (Lorie) of New Paltz, NY; two grandchildren, Richard K. and Elizabeth G. Byers, both of New Paltz; her brother, Kenneth F. Morrison of Rancho Mirage, CA; and many cousins in Scotland, England and Long Island.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 4 – 7 pm at Copeland Funeral Home, 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 34 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, followed by burial at St. Charles Cemetery, Gardiner.
Copeland Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family of Joan by visiting