Joyce S. Beavers April 1, 1926 – June 8, 2017

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JOYCE SUGGS BEAVERS was born April 1, 1926 in Paden, Oklahoma, to Robert Homer Suggs and Bertha (Prevett) Suggs. She died June 8, 2017. She had three sisters, all of whom preceded her in death, and all from Oklahoma. They were Aleta Neely, Katherene Warden and Betty Lou Suggs.

Joyce was valedictorian of her class of 8 students at Paden High School. She worked for Tinker Air Force Base until one of her friends enticed her to come to Dallas to a Stamps Baxter singing school. The friend had actually invited Aleta to come with her, but Aleta wasn’t interested and Mother jumped at the chance. It was at the singing school where she met Daddy. They both loved to sing.

Gene and Joyce were married in 1951 and made their home in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. She went to work for Sears Roebuck & Co on Lamar Street as a secretary, where she made quite an impression with her proficient spelling. One of the first questions her boss asked was whether she knew how to spell “Albuquerque.” Of course, he didn’t realize she had been shipping supplies to Albuquerque with her job at Tinker Field and knew full well how to spell it. He was impressed. She even caught him on a few spelling errors during her tenure

When they began their family, she became a homemaker. This gave her the opportunity to be active in PTA and school parties as room mom. During this time, she learned how to sew and became quite the seamstress. She made our Easter dresses and school clothes and even made a three-piece suit for Scott.

After moving to Cedar Hill in 1973, Daddy would plant a garden each year. Our summers were spent snapping green beans and shelling black-eye peas, which meant Mother spent her time canning. She also mixed up homemade ice cream (for Daddy to freeze) for every one of our summertime birthdays, as well as countless church ice cream socials.

Joyce and Gene were faithful members of the Church of Christ—Kimball Square, Garden Oaks and Trinity Oaks congregations in Dallas, and Cedar Hill and Downtown congregations in Cedar Hill. Soon after joining the Cedar Hill church, she was asked to be the church secretary, beginning with the tenure of Alvis Bryan and continuing with Dean Kilmer and Steve Lewis. Her spelling skills were tested once again, when Dean often called upon her to help him spell something. She retired after more than 25 years of service to the church.

Retirement allowed Mother the time to travel more, and she loved to travel. She had to find a travel partner because Daddy was ever the home body. That didn’t stop her, though. She took a bus trip to see the Fall foliage in the Northeast, took several cruises, especially enjoying the one to Alaska. She and her sister made several road trips across the Midwest. She visited Hawaii with Scott and his wife and even took a helicopter tour.

Joyce enjoyed league bowling all of her life. She and Daddy bowled together in the early days and when he dropped out, Cheryl and Jackie bowled with her. For most of her life, she was afraid of the water, but she really wanted to learn to swim. She was probably in her 70’s when she finally took swimming lessons to conquer her fear. This led to her purchase of a backyard swimming pool, where we spent many summer evenings lounging in the water. She was always reading a book and loved sharing her books with friends. Her beloved “Miss Julia” and “Mitford” series have been shared with so many people.

Mother and Daddy always supported our sports and school activities, and that continued with the grandkids, and also the great grandkids. They took their lawn chairs to all the little league baseball and basketball games and attended each dance recital. Family meant the world to them.

Joyce is preceded in death by her husband, Gene Beavers, both parents, three sisters, and a step-grandson.

She is survived by three children, Cheryl House of Cedar Hill, Jackie Campbell (Paul) of Midlothian, and Scott Beavers (Kathy) of Tomball; and her only brother, Bobby Suggs (Ruth Ann) of Midwest City, Okla. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and her church family and friends.

Visitation with the family will be 6-7:30 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Jaynes Memorial Chapel.

Funeral service at 9:30 am on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, also at Jaynes.

Interment will follow at Dallas Forth Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.

If desired, memorials may be made to Mission Printing, Inc., 2707 Medlin Dr., Arlington, TX 76015, or to Downtown Church of Christ, 332 W. Cedar St., Cedar Hill, TX 75104.