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Joyce Marie Epperson

September 6, 1936November 5, 2020

Joyce Marie (Throckmorton) Epperson, 84, of Fulton passed away on November 5, 2020.

Joyce was born on September 6, 1936 in Mountain View, MO the daughter of Eldo Leroy & Margaret Marie (Marik) Throckmorton, who preceded her in death.

Joyce graduated from Hickman High School in 1954 and attended University of Missouri where she met her future husband. Joyce was married to Robert L Epperson on December 28, 1956 sharing 59 years together before he preceded her in death in 2016.

They moved to Fulton Missouri in 1958 where Joyce was a committed stay-at-home mother but always found time to volunteer within the community and with the activities of her children. She was known as “Granny” to family and friends and for giving out hugs to anyone that needed them. She was involved in the following volunteer roles: part of the parent committee that started the Fulton High School All Night Party, was a Medical First Responder who gave of her time to the Callaway Ambulance District, Fire Districts, and the CCH Emergency Room. Joyce was a Crisis Response Team Member for the Fulton Police Department, an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor, and served on the Fulton Housing Authority board of directors. Joyce was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fulton and served many roles there, including being an elder.

She received the following commendations and awards for her volunteer work: the Callaway Chamber of Commerce Loyal Subject Award in 1990, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 44 Appreciation Award in 2010, and The Kingdom of Callaway Settler’s Award in 2015.

Joyce is survived by her children Linda (Tim) Baysinger and David (Connie) Epperson all of Fulton. Grandchildren: Jennifer (BJ) West of Trimble, MO, Amy (Brandon) Hargrove of O’Fallon, MO, Kellyn Baysinger of Mission, KS, Brittney (Larry) Rukse of Fulton, Taylor (Freddie) Manor III of Jefferson City, MO, and Kaitlyn Epperson of Fulton. Five great-grandchildren: Colten & Brooks West, Briella & Freddie IV Manor, and Broderick Rukse.

She was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Epperson, and a brother, Leroy Throckmorton, Jr.

Private graveside services and burial will be at Callaway Memorial Gardens on November 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Aaron White officiating. A celebration of life will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Fulton and the Super Sam Foundation, c/o Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court St, Fulton, MO 65251.

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Meschelle Magnuson

November 27, 2020

Dave ~
I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. What a classy lady who always helped so many. She will be missed.

Angi Overstreet Bailey

November 12, 2020

David and family...
Was saddened to hear of the passing of your sweet Momma. I will never forget how welcoming she was and what a wonderful cook!
A very sharing and caring ... and intelligent woman that I looked up to. She tickled me talking about "fast walking"... may you hold her memories close and smile knowing she is in good company with your Dad again. Hugs to you.

Lori Welch

November 12, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Joyce passing away. She always had a smile on her face everytime I saw her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Lori Welch and Family

De bbie/Jim Small

November 11, 2020

So Sorry to hear the news. Joyce was a special person. She always made an effort to attend her grandchildren's events. We are thinking of the family.

Elaine Tiefenauer

November 9, 2020

I loved your mama’s hugs!
I’m smiling sitting here thinking about her.

Brenda Hoover Saxe

November 8, 2020

Linda and all the family,

Was sorry to hear about Joyce. I loved being around her, she was always so fun. Since my mom left Presbyterian Manor I had missed seeing her. May the Lord bless each of you with comfort from the memories you have of your time on earth with her.
Hugs to all of you

Brenda Hoover Saxe

Sandra Fritz

November 8, 2020

To Linda and Tim & David and Connie, and all Grandchildren, Ron & I both express our deepest sympathy for your loss. I have many special memories of talking with Joyce as we met up so many times on our walks around the neighborhood. I remember how upbeat she always was and fun.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Sandra Fritz

Carolyn Rankin

November 8, 2020

I always enjoyed seeing Joyce walking down our street . She would tell me about walking to the nursing home and waking
up everyone and getting the people laughing . Then Joyce would walk back home on Evergreen Drive . She would always talk and laugh with me. or anyone else she knew. Carolyn and John Rankin She has been and will always be missed !

Sandy Karsten

November 7, 2020

Joyce was a great ambassador for Fulton and Callaway County. She had her own special way of welcoming new folks to the area. She always had time to share a special story and a laugh.

Thirty years ago, Joyce invited me to go spelunking with a group at Devil's Icebox Cave at Rock Bridge State Park. The trip involved canoeing through the cave entrance until the ceiling and water almost touched. We then waded in waist deep water, climbed through tight passages, and crawled through muddy areas to explore the cave. When we returned from the trip, Joyce discovered her toes had turned blue and were extremely sore. Bob encouraged her to seek treatment. When explaining to the doctor how she had gone spelunking, he asked how old the friends were that she had gone with. When she answered 20 something, the doctor told her she needed much older friends. When Joyce would tell that story, she always ended it with healthy laughter.

We hold Joyce's memories special as she served as the match maker for Tim and me. We know you will miss her. When you share a special story and laughter may you feel Joyce's presence. We are very sorry for your loss.

Sandy and Tim Karsten

Ruth Toosley

November 7, 2020

Joyce will be greatly remembered by my family. When we lived in town , she always made time to speak to us, as she was speed walking😊. I loved everything about your sweet mom and grandma. A terrific lady
Ruth and Mike

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