Joyce Ann Abbott

October 12, 1938July 20, 2011

Joyce Ann Abbott of Austin, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at the age of 72. She was born October 12, 1938 in Brownfield, Texas.

Joyce was a retired teacher, having taught English at Abilene High School in Abilene for many years. She attended Tarleton State in Stephenville and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Education Degree.

She loved to travel and had visited most of the lighthouses in the United States and had an extensive collection of lighthouses. Joyce was an excellent photographer, loved nature and animals. She had many collectibles and loved to do crafts and jigsaw puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, L.A. and Lillie Bell Rogers.

She is survived by her sister, Janice Thurman and husband, Larry; nephew, Jared Thurman and wife, Donna; and great-nephew, Jonah Thurman; one aunt and many cousins.

Services will be private and interment will be in Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland, Texas where she will laid to rest with her parents.

Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glint on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn rain. When you waken in the morning hush; I am the swift uplifting rush. Of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there; I did not die.


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Joyce Ann Abbott

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July 27, 2011

Janice, I'm so sorry for your loss. Actually it's a loss for all of us. She was a good person, a unique person. We should all remember the good times with her.
Donna Holman

July 26, 2011

Sorry for your loss! I know you will miss her and so will I even though I have not seen her for many years. God bless and keep all the family at this time of grief.

Mary Ann Fisher Holman

Joe Phariss

July 26, 2011

With cherished memories I remember you, Joyce; and always will. Until we meet again.


July 25, 2011

Among many special things Joyce gave an inspirational book and CD to Jonah called "I Hope You Dance". I always think of her when I hear the song. When he gets older, he'll understand her message to him. Very sorry for the loss of your sister. With love,

Nelda Davis

July 25, 2011

Janice, I am so sorry for the loss of Joyce. May you be able to remember her in all the good times.

judy mcnair

July 24, 2011

Janice just wanted you to know I am so sorry for your loss, she was one of a kind and so good to people. I remember you'll from when I was in the bank in DS.