Joyce Hope Jarmon
1916 - 2020
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Joyce Hope Jarmon

Longtime Corpus Christi resident Joyce Hope Jarmon died in her home on Monday, October 12th, 2020 at age 104. At her side during her last weeks were her daughter Jo Ann, son Paul, and granddaughter Hope.

Born on August 23rd, 1916 in Robert Lee, Texas, she was the eldest daughter of Opal 'Hope' and Paul Brown. Her parents and her sisters Marjory Lewis and Gwendolyn Schertz, all of San Angelo, Texas as well as her daughter, Leslie Hope Jarmon and son, Fredrick Castle Jarmon, preceded her in death.

Joyce attended Mary Hardin-Baylor College then transferred to the University of Texas at Austin where she received her BS in Accounting and Business Administration. After graduation, she moved to Corpus Christi to work for an accounting firm. She met her husband to be, Jake B. Jarmon Jr., while working in Corpus Christi. They married just prior to World War II.

After the war, Joyce and Jake moved to Austin with their newborn son, Jake Bryant, so Jake could attend law school. They returned to Corpus Christi after he graduated in 1948. While he was busy establishing his law practice and political career, Joyce became active in many civic groups. These included A.A.U.W., League of Women Voters, Jayceettes, Lawyers' Wives, and the Garden Club. Along with her many activities, Joyce also found time to start a large family, raising six children; Jake Bryant, Paul Brown, Leslie Hope, Fredrick Castle, Spencer Reeves and JoAnn.

After Jake's death in 1974 Joyce went to work as a court coordinator with the Nueces County District Court, serving under Judge Noah Kennedy and Judge Margarito Garza. Upon retirement Joyce followed her interests of environmental conservation and birding, joining the Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society. Ever the avid Democrat, Joyce made sure to mail-in her ballot just days before she passed.

Joyce was a fervent reader, bird watcher, music lover and traveler. This fed her active and curious mind that she loved to share. She had a large collection of masks and art that she proudly displayed at her home. Her wisdom, gratitude and passion will be missed by her children, fourteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and the many friends and neighbors who knew her.

In lieu of a memorial service at this time, we encourage everyone to honor Joyce in their own special way with a memory, personal story, practicing a random act of kindness or by making a donation to the Coastal Bend Food Bank or the Sierra Club Coastal Bend Group.




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Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times from Oct. 16 to Oct. 18, 2020.
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October 21, 2020
Did not know her, but because of her work for Nature, she deeply impacted my quality of life. Ever grateful! Shine and sail on, Joyce, to enjoy the rest of the Universe. Peace reigns where you are.
Sr. Elizabeth Riebschlaeger, ccvi
Acquaintance
October 19, 2020
i had a couple of phone conversations with Joyce concerning Leslie's life and achievements. both Joyce and her daughter Leslie were remarkable women and contributors to the world. my deepest condolences to family.

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dave b
Acquaintance
October 19, 2020
She was my friend and mother in law. A few weeks after we met for the first time, we were climbing into my truck for a 3000 mile round trip to the Big Bend. She was also an inspiration and on that trip and others to come, I loved listening to her speak of growing up on the farm in an era where where inside plumbing and electricity were still far in the distance.
Seth Avant
Family
October 19, 2020
Joyce tied together so many people who would otherwise have no relation. She was a link across communities, families, generations, and cultures. Once you were part of her big circle, she would never exclude you. She would always be a friend, like she was such a good friend to my mother. She was always influential, socially and politically. She graciously urged people to overcome the fears or hates that limited them, and join her in a more loving society.
Brian Griffith
Friend
October 18, 2020
JoAnn & Paul Very Sorry For Your Loss, God's Speed RIP.
Rick B. Sloan
Friend
October 18, 2020
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Christopher Root
October 18, 2020
I had the distinct honor to honor her and work side by side with her years ago. Joyce is one of my heroes. Always. Rest in peace my friend.
Nelda Martinez
Friend
October 17, 2020
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Shawn Phillips
October 17, 2020
Joyce you were and are a remarkable person. I was an honor being your son in law for a short time.
Love you, Willie Moon
Willie Moon
Friend
October 17, 2020
I enjoyed meeting your mother very briefly, and thought that she was charming, but didn't realize that she had led such an interesting life, one that she surely lived to the fullest. Please accept my condolences.
June Hartley
Acquaintance
October 17, 2020
No matter how wild to the public eye Granny would always embrace the way people would express themselves. She loved to share memories, and stories with everyone. And we always loved to listen. In the words of ol Willie “ I’d rather see you up than see you down. So leave me if you need to, I will still remember” you were a true Angel that was flying too close to the ground.
Parker Jarmon
Grandchild
October 17, 2020
Some of my favorite memories are Sunday pancakes at the Jarmons and swimming in the pool. They were great friends to my parents and so, so much fun. Mrs. Jarmon was such a good friend to my mother and really there for her as her health failed. They were two strong and so very smart women.
Kathleen Gallagher Fleming Ruffu
October 17, 2020
Peace and best wishes
JOSH HENSLEE
October 17, 2020
I only met her a few times. However I know a number of her children. I know that they are a tribute to her memory. The few times I was in her company she was kind and gracious. A lovely lady.
Pam Stakes
Acquaintance
October 17, 2020
She was a unique and special human being who had a stature far beyond her physical size. She was truly one to be loved and admired.
Linda McBroom
Family
October 17, 2020
Joyce Hope was my mother's niece, born 9 months before her. Of our generation, Joyce Hope was the first and I was the last. We were 38 years apart in age. I was blessed to get to experience her joy of life with its many interest in the last 4 years. I will miss having her physical presence on this earth but her spirit will live on in my heart. This is a picture taken at Joyce Hope's mother's 90th birthday when she was visiting with my mother in the kitchen. Hugs to all.
Marilyn Knight
Family
October 17, 2020
I love you with all my heart, Granny. You have taught me to be bold, proud and most of all, compassionate. You helped me thrive when all I wanted to do was wilt. I will carry all the traits you gave to me to explore the world and bring your stories along with me.
Hope Moon
Grandchild
October 17, 2020
Joyce was admirable and vibrant. We met her when she was 103. Always a delight, she would light up a room with her smiling eyes and welcoming gaze. May your grief be lessened in the coming days by fond memories.
Baxter & Don Pyle
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