Joyce Marie LaFountain

April 01, 1926 - March 07, 2018

Joyce Marie LaFountain of Destin, Florida passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Curry House Assisted Living in Cadillac. She was 91.

Joyce was born April 1, 1926 in East Jordan, Michigan to Ernest Lynn and Martha Amber (Bolser) Somerville and they preceded her in passing.

She attended school in East Jordan, Michigan and later married Vernon K. LaFountain in the late 1940’s and moved to Florida in the mid 1950’s. Beginning in 1960 the couple owned and operated LaFountain’s Wharf, the first restaurant over the harbor in Destin, Florida. Later in 1968 they opened the Green Knight Steakhouse in Destin.

In 1972 Joyce relocated to her farm in Copemish/ Mesick area where she raised 80 head of cattle along with many buffalo. She also opened her heart and home; raising many foster children over the years. In the early 1990’s Joyce retired back to Destin, Florida.

Joyce was a life member of the AmVets Auxiliary in Mesick and the American Legion Auxiliary in Destin, Florida.

She is survived by her children: Ronald LaFountain of Mesick, Renee (David) Howell of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Amber (David) MacEachern of Mesick, Kenneth Mary Beth) LaFountain of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sue Vondra of Destin, Florida; beloved foster children, Wendy (Rob) Banicki of Manistee, Ginger DuPrie of Inkster, Michigan and many others; 12 grandchildren: Jeff (Jo)LaFountain, Tim (Anne) Howell, Dawn Howell, Dane (Sasha) Howell, Christian Howell, Joshua (Stephanie) MacEachern, Matthew MacEachern, Benjamin MacEachern, Bradley LaFountain, Julia LaFountain, Elizabeth LaFoutain and Chad Kaiser; 7 great- grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest Somerville and Virgil Somerville; a sister, Shirley Scott and a grandson, Christopher LaFountain.

Memorial visitation will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 11:00 Am to 1:00 PM at the Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac. Her final resting place will be Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

Bonnie Epperson-Wick - Mar 9th, 2018 8:24 am

"Go with God. We are thankful for her and her family"

Rick Witherspoon - Mar 9th, 2018 10:03 am

"Amber, Dave and family. Very sorry to hear about your Mother passing away. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. Rick Witherspoon "

Carol (Seier) Vick Bynum - Mar 9th, 2018 12:04 pm

"When i was a little girl i thought Joyce looked just like a film star. She was as kind and thoughtful as she was beautiful and a very smart business woman, a best friend to my mother and Dotty Bingham for almost 60 years. You are much loved Joyce...we will miss you. "

Diana Sitker - Mar 9th, 2018 8:39 pm

"So sorry for your loss."

Chuck and Carol Boyer - Mar 10th, 2018 1:43 pm

"So sorry to hear about your Mom, Amber and Dave. She was a lovely lady to know. Prayers for all of you."

Debbie (Romine) Dillon - Mar 10th, 2018 7:08 pm

"Sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such an awesome woman. "

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