Catherine Kaky Marie Joyce

September 9, 1931April 10, 2013

Catherine Marie “Kaky” Joyce, 81, lifelong Memphian, died April 10, 2013 at the Ave Maria Home. A graduate of St. Agnes Academy, she attended U.T. Knoxville where she was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She worked for more than thirty years in the Shelby County Chancery Court in various positions, her favorite being adoptions. The family will receive guests on Saturday, April 13 from 12:30 until funeral mass begins at 1:30 all at St. Louis Catholic Church on White Station Road. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents Walter G. & Katherine McHugh Joyce. Kaky is survived by her cousins Margaret “Peggy” O’Neil, Joyce Bousson & Norma McHugh all of Memphis; Jane O’Neil Letchworth of Shelby, MS; Timothy Sullivan of San Jose, CA; Margaret McHugh of Nashville, TN; and Suzanne McDonough of Millington, TN. The family would like to express their gratitude to the care givers and nurses of the Ave Maria Sr. Francis House and employees of Crossroads Hospice for their care and love of Kaky. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions may be made to St. Louis Catholic Church, Poor Claire’s Monastery, Ave Maria Home or the organization of the donor’s choice. Online condolences and floral offerings may be made at


  • Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 13, 2013

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Gail Shuford

April 13, 2013

I have such fond memories of Kaky. We went to high school together for two years, worked in the same office at the University of Tennessee Departmrnt of Pathology for many years and were so very close. She was my Maid of Honor when I married John Farmer, Jr. in 1954. Even though our lives later took separate paths I will never forget her warm friendship. Rest in Peace, dear Kaky.

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Alan Wolfe

April 12, 2013

Kaky was truly the "go to" person for help with adoption matters. She was always very courteous to respond to any questions I had and she took the time to guide me on any adoption cases I filed. She made sure things were done properly, and she corrected any errors without causing embarassment. Whenever I saw her in the courthouse, she always greeted me with a smile and a kind word.

April 12, 2013

Kaky was at Chancery Court when I started practicing in 1978. I quickly learned that the court clerks know way more about practicing law than beginning lawyers. I often sought Kaky out for guidance in Chancery matters. She was always so professional, gracious and extremely knowledgeable about the areas she handled. No adoption was completed in Shelby County without her review and approval. Though I didn't know her outside the courthouse, when she retired I felt like I'd lost a friend. Mimi Phillips