She was the seventh of 10 children and grew up on a farm/ranch, graduating from high school in Copperas Cove, Texas. She finished a business course school in Lampasas, Texas.
She married her husband of more than 60 years, Joe S. Clark Jr., on July 5 1943, and they raised one daughter, Pamela Jo Clark-Nelson. Joe passed away March 27, 2004.
Beginning in 1939, Joyce did all types of clerical work in the various places she lived –Lampasas; San Saba; Fort Worth; San Diego, California; Long Beach, California; Garden Grove, California; Amarillo; and Topeka, Kansas.
She retired in April 1979 after 10 years of employment with the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office. She was active in church and school activities with her daughter wherever she lived.
In September 1983, Joyce and her husband retired to Kingsland on Lake LBJ, where they were avid golfers, travelers and very active in Highland Lakes United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Highland Lakes Social Club in Kingsland.
Joyce is survived by her daughter, Pamela of Sonoma County, California; and step-granddaughter, Claire Nelson of England. Other survivors are her nieces Nona Jean Rose and husband Walter and their family, Christine Mongillo and husband Dick and their family, and Peggy Gillum and her family; nephews Jack Plummer and wife Helen, Dyke Plummer and his family, Jack Smithwick and wife Lenice and their family, and Larry Smithwick and wife Joy and their family; the family of her late nephew Willard Alexander; and the family of her late brother Richard Truett Butts.
A graveside service was April 8 at San Saba Cemetery. A memorial service and celebration of her life is 11 a.m. April 16 at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church in Buchanan Dam followed by lunch in the church’s fellowship hall.
Joyce’s philosophy of life was: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you; be a good listener; keep secrets; keep promises; don’t lie; try NOT to gossip; sincerely apologize when wrong; give advice only when you are asked for it (except to children!); ask for forgiveness and guidance; and be thankful every day in prayer.
Joyce was a lovely woman, much beloved and will be missed.
Cremation arrangements by Putnam Funeral Home, 145 Texas Ave. in Kingsland, (325) 388-0008.