JOYCE ANN BAKER BROWN

JOYCE ANN BAKER BROWN

    Joyce Ann Baker Brown passed from this life into heaven on March 11, 2015 at the age of 65 years, 7 months and 18 days.
    Joyce, the second child of Otis Ray and Freda Aldene Fletchall Baker, was born July, 23, 1949 at the St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, MO. She lived her childhood in Worth County, MO attending school in Grant City, MO and briefly in Sheridan, MO. Joyce, raised in the Assembly of God Church in Grant City, accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of 13 and was baptized. She graduated from Grant City R-1 school in 1967. After graduation she moved to Des Moines and worked at Look Magazine. She returned home to Grant City and worked at GC Cap Factory for several years. After becoming too ill to work full time, she became a childcare provider.
    Joyce was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in 1968, 16 days after her 19th birthday. The doctors gave her six months to live but Joyce and God had different plans. She bravely fought seven different kinds of cancer the next 46.5 years. Although cancer and its horrible side effects was a big part of her life, it did not define who she was!
    In 1982, after eleven years of marriage, their son Jason joined their family from South Korea. It was love at first sight and he instantly became the light of Joyce’s life.
    Joyce loved Blockton and became very involved in church and community activities. Joyce loved playing cards, dominoes and board games. She also loved hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the family and was famous for her ham balls. Most times family was elbow to elbow in their home but no one cared. She could also make a wicked batch of noodles and homemade bread.
    She had a wonderful, contagious smile. Joyce lived well but better yet—loved well. She will be greatly missed.
    Joyce is survived by her husband Richard, and cat Zeebee, of the home; son Jason, Pella, IA and Tiffany Green, Blockton, IA; mother Freda Baker; siblings, Judy Claypool and husband Roy, Jack Baker and wife Nancy, Janet Brown and husband Donald, Jeanne Cavin and friend Russell McPike and Julia Cavin and husband Dennis; mother-in-law Bernice Brown; sisters-in-law Patricia (Sue) Clark and husband Bob, and Shirley Molt and husband Delbert. She is also survived by two uncles, Harold Fletchall and Roy Cape; one aunt, Leona Davidson and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
    Preceding her in death is her father, Ray Baker; father-in-law Rex Brown and brothers-in-law, Rex and Steve Brown.
    Funeral Services were Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Blockton Christian Church with  interment at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton, Iowa. Rev. Scott Marcum officiated. Arrangements were under the direction of the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri.

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