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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

8178 Cline Avenue, Crown Point, IN

A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

Come share your memories of Joyce at her memorial service on Saturday, October 12th from 4 to 8 p.m.
OBITUARY

Joyce Elaine Kendall

March 4, 1939September 26, 2019
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Joyce E. Kendall, age 80 of Dyer, IN, peacefully passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Bruce R. Kendall; children, Allen (Denise) Kendall, Laura (Rodney) Arsenault, Lynnette (Kevin) Bishop, and Carrie Kendall; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Miller, Jonathan Kendall, and Courtney Bishop; her siblings, Robert (Lucy) Johnson, David (late Karen) Johnson, Richard Johnson, and Linda (late Jerry) Barber; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Preceded in death by her sister Marcella (late James) Turpin and her parents. Joyce was born March 4, 1939 in Hammond, IN to the late Ernest and Ruth Johnson. She married the love of her life Bruce and together they raised 4 children. Joyce was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother and will truly be missed by all whose lives she touched. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home (8178 Cline Avenue Crown Point, IN). The party will begin at 4:00 PM and end at 8:00. Come ready to have a good time and don’t forget to wear something pink in honor of Joyce. Flowers are welcome as well as donations to the family. Online condolences may be left at chapellawnfunerals.com

  • FAMILY

  • Joyce E. Kendall, age 80 of Dyer, IN, peacefully passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019.
    She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Bruce R. Kendall; children, Allen (Denise) Kendall, Laura (Rodney) Arsenault, Lynnette (Kevin) Bishop, and Carrie Kendall; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Miller, Jonathan Kendall, and Courtney Bishop; her siblings, Robert (Lucy) Johnson, David (late Karen) Johnson, Richard Johnson, and Linda (late Jerry) Barber; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
    Preceded in death by her sister Marcella (late James) Turpin and her parents.
    Joyce was born March 4, 1939 in Hammond, IN to the late Ernest and Ruth Johnson.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, October 12, 2019

Memories

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Carrie Kendall

October 10, 2019

Before I was born, my parents lived in a house on Bock Road in Lansing, IL. According to legend, while living at that house, my mom sniffed out a dead mouse. The story goes that they had been noticing a bad smell for a while, but couldn't figure out where it was coming from. So mom used her sniffer to solve the mystery. Her nose led her to a dead mouse behind a wall in the house. That was how she got the name "Mouser."

Carrie Kendall

October 10, 2019

Mom and Dad's 54 year romance began in 1965. They were introduced by a mutual friend and started dating. As Mom would tell it, she never had any interest in men or dating at the time, but she fell in love with Dad. He decided she was the one, and after only three months of courtship, he proposed one night in his Chevy Impala. She said yes, and they were married on June 27, 1965. The rest is history.

Carrie Kendall

October 10, 2019

When Mom was at Symphony and later at Great Lakes, her biggest concern was getting a kiss before we left. The person she was most adament about getting a kiss from was my dad. If he didn't give her a kiss or if it didn't meet her standards, she would throw a fit. She would demand another one and wouldn't let him go until she was satisfied. The picture captures a moment between my parents when my mom demanded her kiss and my dad delivered.

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Biography

Joyce E. Kendall was one of those people you loved the moment you met her. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Joyce, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Joyce really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

Joyce was born on March 4, 1939 at St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond, Indiana. Her parents were Ernest and Ruth Johnson. She was raised in Lansing, Illinois with five siblings. She had two sisters, Marcella and Linda, and three brothers, Robert, Richard, and David. She was raised to be warm, caring, and friendly. Always a good playmate, Joyce was easygoing and playful. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was. Even as a child, Joyce had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her.

As a teenager and young adult, Joyce was fun-loving and had many hobbies. She enjoyed roller skating and ice skating as well as riding roller coasters. She also was an avid Elvis Presley fan and collected many of his records.

Joyce never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She could strike up a conversation with a stranger and part as friends. Her engaging personality captivated people. This quality allowed Joyce to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends.

The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Joyce very easy to approach. On June 27, 1965 Joyce exchanged wedding vows with Bruce Ruel Kendall in a ceremony at home in Lansing, Illinois. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

Perhaps the reason Joyce related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Joyce was blessed with four children, one son, Allen, and three daughters, Laura, Lynnette, and Carrie. She was also blessed with three grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Jonathan, and Courtney. Joyce had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Joyce's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience.

Joyce passed away on September 26, 2019 at Franciscan Health Dyer in Dyer, Indiana. She is survived by her husband, Bruce; her children, Allen, Laura, Lynnette, and Carrie; her grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Jonathan, and Courtney; and her brothers Robert, Richard, and David and sister Linda. Joyce was cremated and taken home to stay in the arms of her loving family.

Joyce brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.