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May 18, 1927 ~ November 21, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Joyce (Deanie) Spencer, age 96 of Owens Cross Roads, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 in her home. She was born on May 18, 1927 in Grand Rivers, Kentucky to William Naldy Lee and Maude Effie Duff.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband Harry Spencer, brothers William and Juell Lee, sister Dorthy Gordon, daughters Emma Lucinda “Cindy” Wilson and Linda June Goldsmith and Great Granddaughter Courtney Estes,
She is survived by her son Howard (Marie) Estes, daughter/granddaughter Tonya (Jeff) Van Meter, grandsons John Wilson, and Adam Estes, and granddaughters Becky (John) Neill and Elizabeth (Will) Dunlap, and great-grandchildren Alex Estes, Cody (Jordan) Donoho, Blake Neill, West Neill, Zach Neill, Ben Neill, Jay Neill, Austin Dunlap, Caleb Dunlap, Bella Van Meter, Ben Van Meter and great great-grandchild Ava Donoho.
Joyce’s father passed when she was five and she and her mother moved to Missouri where they lived with her grandfather and grandmother Duff. She helped on the farm and picked cotton with her brothers and sister. When she was a teenager her mother passed and she moved to Illinois to live with her Uncle Marvin and Aunt Dora Duff and their two younger daughters Margie and Donna. When Joyce was 15 she married her 1st husband Howard Estes prior to his enlistment and departure to serve during WWII. During the war Joyce worked at Hunter Packing Company preparing supplies for our servicemen and women. After the war Joyce and Howard had 3 children in Illinois . They were devout followers of Christ and raised their 3 children with the help of the Nazarene Church. Joyce and Howard divorced in 1970. At that time she completed her education and became a licensed beautician. She married again in 1971 to Harry Spencer and moved to Arizona near her brother Juell. Joyce and Harry adopted her granddaughter Tonya after the death of Joyce’s daughter Linda in 1975. Joyce opened her own beauty shop in Arizona a few years later. While living in Arizona Joyce became a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Order of the Eastern Star. When Joyce’s 2nd husband Harry passed away in 1994 she returned to Illinois to live near her daughter Tonya. A few years later she moved to Alabama to be near her son where she has lived since. Her grandchildren remember her as one who was spirited, clever, courageous and strong. She loved to sew Christmas gifts for everyone and baked the best chocolate pie and biscuits and gravy. She loved animals and always had a side kick dog that she would sign cards with their name added on it; ( i.e. - “Love Joyce and Parker”. Her grandkids remember her as someone who would always keep them on their toes. They never knew what she would do next…
The family will have a memorial service on Saturday December 2, 2023 at 2PM at Hampton Cove Funeral Home Chapel which will be officiated by Senior Minister Jeff Van Meter of Boyd Christian Church in Illinois. A time of receiving friends will begin at 1pm until service time. Joyce will be buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Illinois at a later date next to her two daughters and other family members.
In Liu of flowers donations to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital are requested.