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Ima Joyce Wilson
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 13, 2012

Ima Joyce Wilson (known to family and friends as Joyce or Joy Cee) was born in Blanco County to Willie Keller and Marguriett Waugh Keller/Smith on the Henchy Rollins Place out on Terrell Lane/Miller Creek Road.

Joyce was born October 13, 1938 and passed away to go home to her Lord at the age of 73 on August 12, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Marion Wayne Wilson and her baby sister, Lanita Mae Wittkohl.

She is survived by 3 children, two sons, Chatt Wilson and wife, Lisa from Lorena, Texas and Khristopher Wilson and wife, Dolly from Mart, Texas along with her daughter Robin Payne and husband, Kyle from Troy, Texas.

She has 13 grandchildren, Kayla, Scottie, Andrew, Brandon, Maegan, Ashley, Jessica, Kyle, Eric, Tyler, CiCi, Amber and Candice. Joyce was also a great grandmother to two, Layton and Matthew.

She is also survived by two sisters, Faye Lechow and husband Charlie from Cypress Mills, Texas and Sherry Hawkins from Blanco, Texas. She has three brothers, Jerry Smith and wife, Darlene from Dodge, Texas, J. B. Smith, Jr. and wife, Christy and Charles Smith all from Huntsville, Texas. Joyce has numerous nieces, nephews and cousins of whom she tried to stay in touch with all.

She left Blanco County when she and Wayne eloped on May 17, 1955 with the help of three of her girlfriends. They were married in Burnet, Texas and lived in Gatesville until moving to Waco in 1956. She's worked as an elevator operator and in the nursing home. For a long time Joyce & Wayne operated a corner convenience store in Lott, Texas but her primary job was devoting her time to raising their three children.

She loved genealogy and traveling. She would travel to any part of the United States to gather genealogy information. Though Joyce lived in other cities she never gave up her love for Blanco County. She moved back to Blanco, Texas in 2009 where she lived with her sister Sherry and her cousin Barbara Sue, who was her primary care taker until her death.

Joyce touched the lives of many and was loved by all and will be greatly missed. Throughout the whole time before her death she continued to always have that sweet smile on her face. The entire family and a host of friends are thankful to the Lord for giving them the time to spend with Joyce before she passed away but is also thankful to know that Joyce was at peace with her Lord and she couldn't wait to get to her true home and be with Him.

Funeral services will be held at Crofts Funeral Home in Johnson City on August 15, 2012 at 1 pm. with interment following at Sandy Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Wayne.

If any one wishes, you may make a contribution to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, National Kidney Foundation or the American Diabetes Association.

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