Joyce E. Persinger

August 1, 1935November 15, 2020

Joyce Persinger, 85, passed away peacefully at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center in Sedalia on November 15, 2020.

Joyce Elaine (Smith) Persinger was born August 1, 1935 in Easley, Missouri to Paul and Dorothy (McCoy) Smith. She graduated from Ashland High School in 1954 and married Billy Persinger in 1963. Together they had one son, Johnny. She attended Dripping Springs Christian Church in Columbia until her illness required her to move into the care of Ashland Healthcare. Joyce was a homemaker who raised her five sons and helped with childcare at Dripping Springs Christian Church. She loved to quilt, bake, garden, and attend antique steam engine shows with her husband and family.

She is survived by her son, Johnny R. (Kim) Persinger of Sedalia, MO; stepsons, William B. (Linda) Persinger of Harrisburg, MO, Thomas A. Persinger of Centralia, MO, Robert F. (Crystal) Persinger of Columbia, MO, and one step daughter-in-law, Penny Persinger; brothers Ronald Smith of Ashland, MO and David (Donna) Smith of Columbia, MO, and many grand and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Frank Persinger, and one stepson, Ronald W. Persinger.

Services for Joyce will be Friday, November 20, 2020 with visitation from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm and followed by a funeral service at 1:00 pm, both at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W Columbia, MO 65202. Burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Dripping Springs Christian Church, 2701 W. Dripping Springs Road, Columbia, MO 65201.


  • Dripping Springs Christian Church


  • Visitation

    Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 20, 2020


Joyce E. Persinger

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