Joyce Stepp-Lathrop, age 79, of Bluewater Bay in Niceville, Fla., passed away peacefully Monday, March 10, 2014, with her family by her side. She was born March 19, 1934. Joyce has supported many worthwhile projects and functions for more than 30 years.
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Joyce is survived by her daughter, Sabrena Joyce Stepp, of Niceville, Fla.; niece, Debbie Kay Sanford of Kentucky; nephew, Larry Burchett of Texas; two granddaughters, Wendy Kocsis and Brittney Carey; and three great-granddaughters. Joyce was preceded in death by her husbands, John Theodore Stepp and Robert David Lathrop; her son, John Gregory Stepp; grandson, Chad Carey; parents, Ollie and Zella Burchett; nephew, William Burchett; and brothers, Herbert Burchett and Gene Burchett.
A funeral service will be held at the Elk's Lodge 1795, 1335 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the service at the Elk's Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be appreciated and donated to several charities in her name. She will be buried at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Mar. 28, 2014