OBITUARY

Joyce Avon Peterson

January 7, 1938December 1, 2018
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Joyce Avon (James) Peterson, peacefully passed away December 1, 2018, with her loving husband of 38 years, by her side, as well as other family and dear friends whom she loved.

Joyce was a woman of many talents. She was a musician, teacher, and a leader for God’s work. Her devotion to helping others led her to give seven years of her life as a missionary in Colombia, South America. Her forte was to bring the word of the Lord and to make a better life for those living in the rain forest of south Colombia. She succeeded in making many life- long friends whom to this day she loves and holds in high regard.

Following the South American experience, Joyce married John Peterson. She moved to Hamilton, IL where they worked together in a printing firm and office supply in Keokuk, IA. Later, they formed their own corporation and started a commercial real estate business in Springfield, IL.

In 2002, they sold their business and retired to Arizona. Joyce loved working together and making a life together. Joyce also taught Music and English as a Second Language at a private catholic school in Nauvoo, IL. Her talent for music was extensive. She was blessed with an exceptionally far and above beautiful soprano voice where she was held in high regard for her talent in teaching and musical directing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Preston and Frances James of Lubbock, Texas, and her brothers, Shelby, Gene and Paul James. She is survived by her husband John and one sister, Wanda Rankin of Lubbock, Tx.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 6-8 pm at Resthaven Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Resthaven’s Abbey Chapel with Interment following in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be offered at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Preston and Frances James, Parents
  • Shelby, Gene and Paul James, Brothers
  • John Peterson, Husband
  • Wanda Rankin, Sister
  • DONATIONS

  • the Alzheimer’s Association

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 6, 2018
REMEMBERING

Joyce Avon Peterson

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Dan James

December 7, 2018

Aunt Joyce, I will always remember your kind eyes and loving smile. Your hugs were the best. You always looked for the good in people, and shined with the light of love and caring.

With love,

Dan

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Biography

Joyce Avon Peterson was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Joyce will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Joyce was born on January 7, 1938 in Amarillo, Texas. She was the daughter of Preston and Frances James.  Joyce was raised with four siblings. She had three brothers, Shelby, Gene and Paul, and a sister, Wanda. Joyce was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

       Joyce’s faith was important to her. Her devotion to helping others led her to give seven years of her life as a missionary in Colombia, South America. Her forte was to bring the word of the Lord and to make a better life for those living in the rain forest of south Colombia. Following the South American experience, she exchanged wedding vows with John Preston. Empathic and loyal, Joyce was committed to making her new family happy.       

Fortunately, Joyce enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Joyce worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was teaching. She moved to Hamilton, IL where they worked together in a printing firm and office supply in Keokuk, IA. Later, they formed their own corporation and started a commercial real estate business in Springfield, IL. In 2002, they sold their business and retired to Arizona. Joyce loved working together and making a life together. Joyce always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.
      
      Joyce passed away on December 1, 2018 at Raider Ranch in Lubbock, Texas. She is survived by her husband John and one sister, Wanda Rankin. Services were held at Resthaven's Abbey Chapel. Joyce was laid to rest in Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock, Texas.

      Simply stated, Joyce was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Joyce leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Joyce Avon Peterson.