Joyce Humphrey Ann (Stephens) Humphrey (1929 - 2019)

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"When my life on Earth is done and I cross the great divide, my home will still be with you all in spirit I 'll stand by your side…."
- Minnie McCready Stephens

Joyce Ann (Stephens) Humphrey passed away peacefully on Jan. 9, 2019, after a valiant effort to recover from a stroke (her second in two years). Joyce experienced many different lives in her 89 years.
She was born on Nov. 8, 1929, to George and Minnie Stephens on their family farm outside Wheeling, W.Va., at the height of the Great Depression. The second youngest of nine siblings, she is survived by her sister Helen McMahon.
Joyce graduated from St. Clairsville High School in 1947. Her marriage to Richard C. Humphrey in 1951 took Joyce to a Norfolk, Va., naval base and then to Poland, Ohio, where she devoted herself to raising four children, Richard, Patricia (James) Burnes, Paula Jo (Bill) Daigle and Russell.
Another life unfolded in Walnut Creek, Ohio, where Joyce and Dick were active members of Countryside Chapel, supported multiple missionary families and enjoyed so many dear friends. During this time, Joyce began to work full time for a local insurance agency and later for Kids Collection Toy Store.
She became a grandmother to Pat and Jim's son, David, and supported Russell in all his high school activities. In 2004, Joyce and Dick moved to Pinehurst, N.C., where they attended Christ Fellowship Church. Joyce found a new mission rocking babies at the Sandhills Children's Center, the school where Paula taught, and Joyce became a much beloved volunteer.
After Dick's passing in 2007, Joyce was willing to start again in Evergreen to be close to son Russell, his wife Christina, and her two new grandchildren Sasha and Lena. Her final chapter in Colorado was full of happy activities being "Grammy Joyce" to her beloved girls and, of course, making so many new friends who will miss her sense of humor and many kind moments of friendship in the halls of Rocky Mountain Village.
Rest in Peace, dear Mother, in your heavenly home above.
Published in Canyon Courier on Jan. 30, 2019
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