Joyce Lee Austin
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Joyce Lee Austin

Loved by many all over the world! Joyce arrived on September 12, 1942 as the 2nd of 6 children born to Sarah Joyce and Floyd Lee Chapman. She left this world on July 5th, 2020. She was the Mother to 8 children, 4 by birth and 4 by choice when she married Ray Austin, who preceded her in death on May 14th, 2020, after 55 years of marriage.

She was a dedicated Avon Lady for 40 years. She could do nails and hair better than most professionals. She was an artist, grew beautiful gardens and loved to play games (Yahtzee will never be the same without her). She rode motorcycles, enjoyed camping, traveling the world, and she always loved a good Lotto scratch-off. Her true expression of love was in the kitchen making cream puffs, hand-made hot rolls and her famous beef soup -every heart and stomach was always full! She sewed beautifully and all of us have many of her knitted dish cloths!

All of this is what she liked but what truly made her special was her selflessness. She always made time for others with no expectation of recognition for herself. Joyce was also a true fighter when it came to her children or to battling cancer, she was a warrior on all fronts.

Her legacy is carried on by her children: Sharon Hodges, Joe Austin and his wife Judi, Jeri Swaim and her husband Doug, Jan Denton and her husband Gary and Ray Austin, Jr and his wife Kim. Grandchildren: Josh, Nicole, Jamie, Rachel, Jacob, Taylor, Logan, Zachary, Kelsey, Amelia, Coleman, Hayley. Great Grandchildren: Hunter, Gunner, and Kate. She is survived by 2 sisters - Jean McGraw and her husband Jim and Jana Hudson. She will be missed by her fur baby Rowdy and so many family and friends.

"It's a Joyce thing" …

We are all blessed for the gift of time with her and she will forever be missed.

Mom donated her body to UT Southwestern for study and will be honored at a later date.




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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jul. 9 to Jul. 12, 2020.
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July 27, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Great fiends are always difficult to lose. Joyce and her husband Ray will be in my heart forever.
Roger KENNETH Bredy
Friend
July 13, 2020
What a wonderful person Joyce was. Beautiful inside and out. Ray was my boss (Nardra) in the 80's and I knew Joyce thru Ray. Such a friendly face/person no matter where you would see her. Prayers for the family.
Davoutlook.comid and Nardra Mitchell
Friend
July 12, 2020
Our Heartfelt Sympathy.
Joyce was a great person to know.
May God Bless and Comfort all of you.

The Jaramillos,
Irene and Louie
Irene & Louie Jaramillo
Friend
July 11, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to you Judy, Jan and families.
Robin Salazar
Friend
July 10, 2020
May God bless you and give you and your family comfort in this time as you celebrate your mother, Jeri.
Morgan Phillips
Classmate
July 10, 2020
Another wonderful human being gone from out lives. We knew
Joyce through Ray. She was always cheerful and friendly. Our prayers and sympathy to the family. God bless.
Connie & Howard Moffitt
Friend
July 10, 2020
Joyce was my friend. I loved her. I knew her for about 30 years. She was always the same even when she told me about her cancer. She and Ray were really good people, and they were an excellent example of what family life should be when your children are grown. The last thing she said to me was that she would call me later. You just never know what's next. I will truly miss her and her special light. RIP my friend.
Phyllis Duncan
Friend
July 9, 2020
One of the greatest people I have ever known and I had the privilege of calling her Auntie J. She was a mother figure to me, a friend, and my aunt. I loved being around her and am so heartbroken by her passing. She loved unconditionally and deeply those around her. If she made you a meal...you could taste the love she put into it. She put love, heart and soul into everything she did. I know I am not the only one that would say this, but she loved her family deeply and we will all feel the loss for many many years to come. I love you Auntie J! You are gone too soon. Your loving nephew, John Christopher
John Kelly
Family
July 9, 2020
She was the greatest Lady always opened her home to us and had the kindest heart. We loved her so much and will miss her dearly. Our hearts go out to her family during this time may God bless you all.
Brownell Family
Friend
July 9, 2020
Joyce was someone who you enjoyed being around and admired. Peace be with you Joyce now that you are with Ray.

David & Nardra Mitchell
Friend
July 9, 2020
Judy and Jan my heart goes out to you both and your families. To loose both parents so close in time I can only imagine how your hearts are breaking. You both help me along when I lost my mom in the 5th grade and I will never forget that! Prayers and thoughts for you and your families
Michelle Maygarden
Friend
July 9, 2020
Our soncere condolences to the family. Joyce was a beautiful soul and we will miss seeing her and Ray at the VFW. May they rest in peace .
Val and Eddie Herrera
Friend
July 9, 2020
I will miss her beautiful soul. She was my bingo partner and good friend. Loved her sense of humor. I can still hear her say Really Ray!
Patti Jensen
Friend
July 9, 2020
She was a wonderful person and I was very fortunate to have known her.
Joseph Bradley
Family
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