Joyce Dean Armke, 81, passed away December 15, 2011, in Fredericksburg. Joyce was born in the Rocky Creek Community of Blanco County to E.O. and Vona Nowotny. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Barbara Mortimer, and foster son, Tim Daniels. Joyce is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Freddie Armke; five children, Brenda Lindig and husband Al, Troy Armke and wife Kathy, Tibby Armke and wife Robin, Ted Armke, and Travis Armke; foster son, Pat Daniels and wife Angie; brother, E.J. Nowotny and wife Kathy; two sisters, Helen Jones and JoAnn Finch and husband Roy; grandchildren, Wendy Miller and husband Clay, Trent Lindig, Terresa McDonald and husband Donnie, Tracie Armke, Tory Armke, Dawna Armke, Seth Armke, Garrett Armke, and Hailey Armke; great grandchildren, Tanner Armke, Hunter McDonald, Kaydance Armke, and Rangler Armke. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
For many years, Joyce served as Secretary for the Blanco Co. Fair and Rodeo Assn. She produced talent shows to benefit March of Dimes and also spent 21 years influencing children as a teachers’ aide for Johnson City Elementary. “Movie Star” Joyce and her sister Helen had parts in the movie “True Women” and they also baby-sat John Schneider’s children. She enjoyed many years of backyard jam sessions and family get-togethers where she played guitar and sang. Joyce could sew anything without a pattern and she was also skilled at leather tooling, making belts, purses, and moccasins. She taught herself to knit in the last five years during which time she knitted a comforter for every child, grandchild, great-grandchild, and she even made several extra for those to come. Joyce loved to do genealogical research. She enjoyed traveling with her husband once she overcame her fear of leaving home. Her children remember Joyce telling stories of spending summers with her Uncle Bill and Aunt Nora Heckel and how they gave her the nickname of “Pete.” She was really passionate about traveling to her grandchildren’s sporting events. Joyce’s top priority was to take care of her husband and children. She was very proud of her marriage to Freddie. They were married on Thanksgiving day in 1949 and celebrated their 62nd anniversary this year, again on Thanksgiving Day.
Visitation was 3:00 to 6:00pm Sunday, December 18, 2011, at Crofts Funeral Home in Johnson City where funeral services were held at 10:00am Monday, December 19, 2011. Interment followed in Rocky Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to March of Dimes or the charity of your choice.