BURBANK, Calif. | JOYCE ELAINE INGALLS FETTY, former actress and model, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, was granted her angel wings on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at St. Joseph Providence Hospital in Burbank, California, surrounded by her loving family.
Joyce was born Jan. 14, 1950, in Charleston, South Carolina, to U.S. Navy Commander, Frederick G. Ingalls, and Elaine Wright Ingalls, a descendant of aviation pioneers, Orville and Wilber Wright.
After Elaine tragically passed away in 1959, Joyce’s father married his daughters’ Girl Scout Leader JoAnn DiSandro, who heroically took on the daunting task of raising Frederick’s five children, later to have four more of her own.
Although proud of being her birth mother’s namesake, Joyce Elaine loved her new mother with all her heart and felt always indebted to JoAnn for supporting her dreams and helping her pursue a modeling career at a very young age.
While still in high school, Joyce won a national Noxema-sponsored Cover Girl contest and modeled in New York during the summer. After graduation she became a print model for Eileen Ford Agency, on covers and in fashion layouts for Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Mademoieselle, Woman’s Day, McCalls, Good Housekeeping, Co-Ed, and other magazines as well as being on the cover of LIFE Magazine in July 1972.
Joyce walked the fashion runways of Paris and Milan and appeared in numerous print ads and television commercials for such sponsors as Max Factor, Sears, Dial Soap, Ship ‘n Shore and Bobbie Brooks. She was the face of the 1973 Yardley ad campaign, and was a Breck Girl, a Clairol Girl, and a Black Velvet Girl.
Some of her work during this era can be seen on website “Mini Mad Mod 60s Super Models” http://www.minimadmod60s.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=15148.
After moving to Hollywood, Joyce worked in commercials and on TV shows, notably guest-starring on “Starsky and Hutch” as the love interest of both detectives, the first time the two competed for the attentions of the same girl.
Joyce appeared in a number of feature films, and in 1978 co-starred in “Paradise Alley,” written, directed and starring Sylvester Stallone.
In 1984 Joyce married her soul-mate, actor-writer-producer Darrell Fetty at the historic Little Brown Church (where President Ronald Reagan married Nancy).
With their sons Derek and Tyler, the couple became active in the church and its larger facility, Church Of The Valley, overseeing the congregation’s Homeless Ministry for nearly 25 years. In recognition of their work, San Fernando Valley’s largest food bank was named for them in 1992. Over the years, “The Darrell and Joyce Fetty Food Pantry” has served thousands and thousands of needy families. Joyce was recently honored at a benefit for the charity organization.
Additionally, for nearly thirty years Joyce inspired and sponsored countless men and women in 12 Step Programs, offering spiritual guidance and saving many lives.
Joyce’s father Frederick preceded her in death in 1996.
She is survived by her beloved mother, JoAnn Ingalls; adored sisters, Mrs. Rebecca Wickham, Ms. Carol Matheny, LeAnn Ingalls, Ms. Kathy Rigby and Laura Ingalls; treasured brothers, Frederick Ingalls, Edward Ingalls and David Ingalls; sweet nieces, Chelsea Smith, Elaine Ingalls, Chasity Fetty Macy and Stephanie Fetty; and cherished nephews, Daren Smith, Shawn Matheny, Andrew Wickham, Lucas Ingalls, Fred Ingalls, Johnny Twyman, and Luke Fetty. Joyce was blessed with many doting in-laws, aunts, cousins, and numerous loyal friends as well.
She was always grateful to have such a large and loving family, staying close to all of them no matter how far apart they lived. Joyce loved to tell the story of how in high school her brother Fred rescued her from a group of bullying teenage girls, who, jealous of Joyce’s early modeling career, beat her up and tried to smother her in the snow.
Joyce is also survived by her immediate family who will always love her more than words can ever express: Devoted husband, Darrell Fetty; and their precious sons, Derek G. Fetty and Tyler J. Fetty (professionally known as “Tyler F. Jackson”) both who are pursuing careers in the entertainment business.
Much admired, Joyce Elaine Ingalls Fetty was always the brightest light in the room.
She faced a long and painful illness with incredible bravery and indomitable courage, remaining upbeat and positive to the very end.
A Mass will be held at noon on Friday, Aug. 14 at Our Lady of Hope, 9 Wheeler Ave. Whitehall, N.Y.
Burial will follow at Our Lady Of Angels Cemetery.
Donations may be made in her name to the cancer support group that helped her so much through a difficult last couple of years:
weSPARK Sherman Oaks
13520 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423