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Joyce First

October 19, 1929 — March 26, 2023

Joyce I. First, age 93, passed away on March 26, 2023.

She was born on October 19, 1929, in Canton, Ohio, to John W. and Fern L. (Berkey) Swier.

She retired from Frito-Lay with 30 years of service.

Those left to cherish her memory are son, David (Kelly) First; daughter, Cindy Viola; 3 grandchildren, Michelle (Allen) Richards, Tina Viola, and Joe (Rachel) Viola; six great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harvey E. First; step-daughter, Shelley First; step-son, Richard First; 9 brothers and sisters.

There will be no services per Joyce’s wishes.

Arrangements are entrusted to Kreighbaum Sanders Funeral Home 4041 Cleveland Ave S. Canton, OH 44707. Friends and family may share condolences and memories online at

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