Joyce LaVerne Asbury(1927 - 2011)

Joyce LaVerne Asbury October 8, 1927 - March 30, 2011 Joyce LaVerne Asbury passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on March 30, 2011 at the age of 83. Joyce was born October 8, 1927 in Olustee, Oklahoma to Clarence and Zelma Clayton. Joyce married the love of her life, James Vincent Asbury, on October 23, 1943. She and Vincent moved to Bakersfield in 1946, where they raised their three children, Mickey, Paula, and Dean. They were married for 57 years. Joyce enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren very much. She also enjoyed traveling as much as possible. In her spare time she loved gardening, puzzles, playing with her grandchildren, and bowling. Joyce belonged to the Senior Bowling League at Westchester Bowl for several years and was an avid member of St. Marks United Methodist Church until her health no longer permitted her to go. Joyce was preceded in death by husband of 57 years, James Vincent Asbury (2001); and her son, James "Mickey" Asbury (2007). She is survived by her loving family: daughter, Paula Koonce; son, Dean Asbury and wife Jackie; daughter-in-law, Bea Asbury; sister, Deb Chisholm of South Carolina; grandchildren, Darin and Tyson Asbury; Brent, Sheldon, Brian, and Troy Koonce; Kristen and Austen Asbury; 12 great-grandchildren; and Bobby Miller, who Joyce and Vincent considered part of the family. Graveside Services will be held Monday, April 4, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Viewing will be at Greenlawn Mortuary, 3700 River Boulevard, Bakersfield, CA 93305 from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3rd. Please sign Joyce's online guestbook at

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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 3, 2011