Joyce Dalene Norris, 77, of Neodesha Kansas passed away Wednesday April 5, 2017 at Wilson Medical Center in Neodesha, Kansas. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Bible Baptist Church of Neodesha. Pastor Harold Stacy will be officiating. Burial will follow at the Neodesha Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Bible Baptist Church of Neodesha. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The book signing will be Monday, April 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Loran Fawcett Chapel in Neodesha, Kansas.
Joyce Dalene Norris was born July 15, 1939 in Neodesha, Kansas to Dale and Dorothy (Fulbright) Chisham. She was Valedictorian of Class of 1957 in LaFontaine, Kansas. Her class was the last class to graduate from the LaFontaine school. On March 27, 1960, Joyce was united in marriage to Delbert Norris in Neodesha, Kansas. The couple has made Neodesha their home the last 57 years.
Joyce worked for the USD 461 school district of Neodesha, Kansas for 30 years as a driver and supervisor of the school buses before retiring in 2008. Joyce had many talents including painting, woodworking, writing, singing, and capturing beautiful photos of nature. Her grandchildren fondly remember the hikes after Thanksgiving dinner, the pancakes she made from scratch in any shape they desired, the personalized birthday cards she made on the computer, and the stories she would weave about Molly McMoo.
Joyce is survived by her loving husband, Delbert, of the home and three daughters; Laurie Osborne and husband, Dan Hefley, of Las Vegas, NV, Terresa Roberts of Ottawa, KS, and Lisa Norris of Neodesha, KS; one brother, Bill (William) Chisham of Saratoga Springs, NY; four sisters, Marie Gorton of Shawnee, KS, Lucille Campbell of Winfield, KS, Becky Leonard of Omaha, AR, and Deah Blevins of Neodesha, KS; and seven grandchildren, Katie Osborne, Joshua Osborne, Stephanie Roberts, Erica Roberts, Andrew Roberts, Hannah Roberts, and Samuel Roberts.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Jason Norris and Ronnie Norris.
Memorials can be made in Joyce's name to the Bible Baptist Church of Neodesha, Kansas and can be left at the Loran Fawcett Chapel in Neodesha. Online condolences can be left to the family by going to www.loranfawcettfuneralhome.com
Delbert, I am so sorry to hear about Joyce. I and Kaylee are coming up April 20 and so hoped to see her. I had talked to her when I came up for my dad's funeral...and to think they were neighbors in the nursing home. She will be missed by so many and she was such a friend to me and Kaylee. My prayers are with you and your family. Becky Koger
Becky KogerPasadena, TX
RIP Aunt Joyce. You will be missed, one of the funniest and strongest people I ever knew,
Caroline and Alex
Caroline Chisham an Alexandra ChishamBallston Spa, NY
So thankful for all the wonderful times Joyce and Delbert fed and sheltered Laurie and I in College. Her love for her family, community, church and Lord never failed. Her departure from us is her great entrance into the real life we all long for. May her memory be eternal! Love, prayers and peace to all those who will miss her so much.
Chuck and Sandy BryantTulsa, OK
I cannot imagine this world without you, it will never be the same. I rejoice knowing that you are in an amazingly beautiful place, and free from all suffering. I will love you always.
I know you would not want tears... but they can't help but fall. You will forever be in our heart... you were not only a dear mother-in-law, but a dear friend as well. I will miss the games of pitch, the fishing, and the laughter. In a world where mother-in-laws are typically portrayed poorly, you were a shining example of a wonderful, dear person... you lived what you believed... and were the only person I know who could make perfect biscuits from scratch... over a campfire ! You will be sorely missed, but lovingly remembered. Love you Joyce... RIP in the arms of Jesus.
Dan HeffleyHenderson, NV
Joyce has been an inspiration to me my entire life. I fondly remember the times we spent with Joyce and Delbert and the girls at their home, and the visits they made to ours while I was growing up. In the midst of a lifetime of personal challenges Joyce was always loving and positive and giving to others. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with Delbert and my wonderful cousins.
Vicki (Gorton) CollinsNEW IBERIA, LA
To Teresa and the Norris family. Joyce was a very sweet person. I always enjoyed visiting with her and games and programs at NHS. We are so very sorry for your loss, and are sending love and prayers.
Dennis & Peggy WinfreySpringfield, MO
My condolences to Delbert, the family, brothers and sisters and grandchildren. It was a pleasure to meet her and enjoyed her help with the history of Neodesha for me.
Kerry ElkinsGladstone, MO
My sincere sympathy to the family of Joyce. May the many memories help ease the sorrow.
Lois StaleyClay center, KS