Marilee Joyce

Marilee M. Joyce

Friday, October 19th, 1951 - Friday, October 2nd, 2020
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Marilee M. Joyce, 68, died Friday, October 2, 2020 at her Garden Valley Retirement Village Apartment in Garden City, Kansas. She was born October 19, 1951 in Garden City, Kansas the daughter of Milo & Marcelle (Hands) Joyce.

A lifetime resident of Garden City, Marilee attended Garden City schools. After graduating from Garden City High School in 1969, she attended and graduated from Garden City Community College. Marilee then graduated from McPherson College with Bachelor of Science degree. She returned to Garden City where she began helping on the family farm. Marilee rescued baby calves which she raised and later operated her own cow/calf operation. She later began working for the City of Garden City at the Parks Department for a short time before switching over to the Zoo Department. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Garden City and she loved working with her hands and constructing and building things.

Survivors include her mother Marcelle Joyce of Garden City; a brother Tim & wife Jackie Joyce of Garden City; a niece Kayla & husband Josh Griffin of Garden City; a nephew Kyle & wife Trista Joyce of Garden City; an uncle Lloyd Joyce of Garden City; and aunt Nita & husband Jack Anstaett of Garden City; and five great nieces and nephews Ashlyn, Ayden, Ava, Amayaha, & Elizabeth. Marilee is preceded in death by her father and a brother Milton Joyce.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at the First Christian Church in Garden City with Rev. Don Patrick officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. There will be no calling hours. The family suggests memorials given to Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo or to the First Christian Church both in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City.
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    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 2:00pm
    first Christian Church
    306 N. 7th St.
    GARDEN CITY, KS 67846
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shelly harmon

Posted at 10:28am
Marcelle and Tim, I am so very sorry for your loss. Marilee is often in my thoughts, and I know how hard this is for you. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Your family has always had a special place in my heart. Thinking of you all the way from Oklahoma.
Shelly Harmon

Ken Armstrong

Posted at 11:51pm
My heartfelt condolences to Merilee's family. I was raised just a few miles east of the Joyce's farm. I remember our bus stopping to pick up Merilee, and her mother, or dad, was always there with her to send her off, or to greet her upon return. For a couple of years, I drove that bus, and it was always amazing to see the love and attention her parents showed by always being there for her. Merilee was a very sweet little girl.

Tamara Eitzen

Posted at 11:47am
My heart is heavy for all of the family!
I have a lot of fun memories of our times at the farm.
Lots of love & prayers!
Tamara (Hubbard) Eitzen

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