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Mary Katherine Joyce

SHREVEPORT, LA - Memorial services for Mary Katherine Joyce,18, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Brown Chapel on the Centenary College campus. Officiating will be Dr. Donald A. Webb. Interment will be a private service at Forest Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2010 at Osborn Funeral Home.

Mary Katherine passed away Sunday, May 2, 2010. She was a native of Shreveport, LA and a resident of the world for 18 years. She attended Southfield School from Pre-K thru 8th grade. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Caddo Magnet High School in May 2009. In a small but significant coup she was also named "Best Dressed". Upon graduation she traveled throughout Europe with her family and friends, then attended the Sorbonne in Paris in the fall. A seasoned traveler since birth, the diminutive Mary Katherine explored Paris with her own brand of enthusiasm and verve. She made it her town. Many adventures ensued with frequent visits from loved ones. Small but fierce, kind and funny she was devoted to her friends and family. Her time may have been brief, but it was full and she will be remembered.

She is survived by her parents, William Edward Joyce and Elizabeth Baucum Joyce; her brother, Jackson Edward Joyce; lifelong best friend, Eleanor Marie Kinsey; aunts & uncles: Melissa Welbourne, Cecile Jernigan, Trey & Mary Baucum, Katie & Robert Dunkelman and Robert Watkins Baucum; maternal grandparents, Dr. Ralph W. Baucum Jr. (deceased) and Marilynn Watkins Baucum; paternal grandparents, George Edward Joyce (deceased) and Mary Katherine Hargrove Joyce (deceased) Honorary grandmother Ruthie May Casey.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Norman Kinsey, William Andrew Dunkelman, Patrick Amiss Baucum, Ian Reese Mitchel, Jared Evan Takach and Sterling Matthew Cameron Parsons.

Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas Amiss Dunkelman, Elliot Anderson Chavanne, James McGlenn Cowles and Andrew Trowbridge Emery.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Emma McCarty, Dr. Dhwan, Dr. Anil Nanda and the wonderful team at St. Judes Children Hospital. OSBORNFUNERALHOME.NET


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Published in Shreveport Times from May 5 to May 8, 2010.
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April 29, 2020
Thinking about Bill, Jack and Katie and their families today with love. Rene
Rene Cottrell
June 2, 2010
I met Mary Katherine through my daughter, Eryel when she attened Southfield. Mary Katherine was extremely kind to her. Our condolences to your family. I pray that Jesus's loving arms will bring you comfort.

Fred,Eva & Eryel Broadway
eva broadway
May 13, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you with the loss of Mary Katherine. I know that your love for her and the memories will carry you on during this difficult time.
Missy Cathcart Thurlow
May 13, 2010
We are sorry for your loss and will keep your family in our prayers. We only just now heard about this tragedy. Mary Katherine is a beautiful young woman and it seems she has a beautiful spirit as well.
-Suzanne Smith
May 13, 2010
Mary Katherine: I didn't know you personally but knew from your dad's books how in love your family was with you and your brother. My son, Blake has grown up with you through the wonders of your dad's books. Shine on up in the heavens for all of the world to keep on seeing.

My sister and I went to Agnew with your dad through sixth grade. That group of kids will always be special to us although we have grown apart and onward. Our children, our loves, our hearts, OUR LIVES now -- I know you were truly loved and truly loved back many!

I am so sorry for your loss -I have thought of you everyday since my mom sent the news from Shreveport. You are in my thoughts and prayers each day.
Kim Cathcart Ringer
May 11, 2010
Dear Bill, Elizabeth and Jack,

My sincere condolences for your loss. My heart is very heavy tonight.
Stephen Savage
May 11, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
BreAuan Case
May 10, 2010
Dear William and family,
Years ago I was the Children's Manager and Book Buyer for Barron's Books in Longview, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana. I have followed your entire book to film career and have had the pleasure of doing book signings for you at the stores. You can't imagine how sad I am to hear of the loss of your daughter. My two girls, now 20 and 16 grew up with you and the wonderful world of William Joyce. I found out about this as one of the mother's I use to help select books to purchase back at Barron's became a big fan of your books too. Her boys loved your books so when she read of your loss, she contacted me immediately.
If there is anything I can do for you or your family I would do it. I now own Beauty and the Book, the Hair Salon/Book Store in Jefferson, Texas and run the largest "meeting and discussing" book club in the world, The Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys. In fact, I dedicated my first book to another little boy who I use to help select books, many yours, who took his own life at sixteen in Longview. I love children so much my heart breaks for you. Just know that God will get you through this and you are beloved among children and adults as well.
God Bless You and Keep You and my Prayers are with you now and forever!
Kathy L. Patrick
as you use to call me, The Hat Lady
Jefferson, Texas
Kathy Patrick
May 10, 2010
Bill, Elizabeth, and Jack,
I am sad to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you.
Liz Foster
May 9, 2010
Bill,Elizabeth and Jack--i cannot imagine--i pray ya'll find comfort with the Lord's loving, healing arms wrapped around you during this time and for the rest of your days with the wonderful memories of such a spectacular young lady as Mary Katherine was---blessings---suzanne and wyatt
suzanne harris
May 9, 2010
Dear Elizabeth...
You and your family will be in my prayers. May you find peace and comfort knowing Mary Katherine rests now.... God Bless You..Kelly Hawkins Forman
Kelly Hawkins
May 9, 2010
My deepest condolences for your great loss of Mary Katherine. I am so sorry I was unable to attend the services for her but want you to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers
Ellen Tizian
May 8, 2010
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Elizabeth Kerry
Zachary Ekendahl
Emma Ekendahl
May 8, 2010
Our deepest sympathy and love ...always
Carla Jones,Margaret Braun,M/M Jon Harmon,Wiley&Annabelle Wilkinson
May 8, 2010
Elizabeth, Bill, and Jack,
I have thought of you everyday since I've have heard the news. Through the years I have always observed your family with admiration. Mary Katherine was so loved and seemed like the perfect child. I am so sorry and can't imagine the magnitude of your pain. Please call on me if I can help in any way.
I pray for you everyday.
You have a lovely family.
Kay Kennedy
May 8, 2010
Dear Bill, Elisabeth and Jackson.
My most sencere condoleces.
I am so sorry.... so very sorry about your loss and your pain.
I am so glad I hade the opportunity to know Mary Katherine.
Her smile is vivid in my mind.
Love to You!!!
Enzo Angileri
Enzo Angileri
May 8, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.
Jayne Ann Pistorius Sexton
May 8, 2010
Your family is in our prayers.
Katie Morstead
May 8, 2010
Joyce family. You don't know me, but you are so known to those of us living in the Shreveport-Bossier area, and around the country and world for the work William has done. This has created an extended caring family for you and I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling and want you to know there are many prayers out there for you all.

Jenny Senier, Bossier City, LA
Jenny Senier
May 7, 2010
Bill, Elizabeth, and Jack,

Mary Katherine was one of those irreplaceable beings. Some shoot for stars, some become stars. Certainly she has added a new brightness to the heavens. Our prayers are with you and the family.

Lawrence Edward Joyce, and Melissa Joyce

Houston, Texas
Larry Joyce
May 7, 2010
PHILIP Rosenblath, Jr. Gulf Shores, Al.
May 7, 2010
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your daughter. Although I did not know Mary Katherine, it is obvious she made the most of her opportunities and blessed you with many wonderful memories. I know your family and your good friends will help during this difficult time, as mine were of great comfort when I lost my mother a year ago. You are in my thoughts.
Bob Thrall
May 7, 2010
Joyce family,
I was heartbroken to learn about your loss, Alexandra and Mary Katherine got along so well at Southfield. Although we left in second grade her friendship meant so much to Alexandra and she is devastated about your loss. Mary Katherine will truly be missed by our family and we will be keeping you in our prayers.
Suzanne and Alexandra Olah
Suzanne and Alexandra Olah
May 7, 2010
Elizabeth and Bill, I was so sad to hear about Mary Katherine's death. I am a close friend of Lisa Wellborn and Levin Kinsey and I remember Mary Katherine and Eleanor as giggly little girls at Levin and Richard's house in Shreveport. From all I've heard, Mary Katherine grew into a remarkable young woman, and I can only imagine your sense of loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Renea Ryland
Renea Ryland
May 7, 2010
I am deeply saddened to learn of your loss, Bill, Elizabeth, and Jack, and am honored to come to Shreveport to offer comfort and celebrate Mary Katherine's life with your enormous family. Blessings to you.
Layton Payne
May 7, 2010
Your family truly lives life to the fullest and how lucky Mary Katherine was to have such an adventurous life! Yes, it was taken way too soon, but what wonderful memories you all made together. Wishing peace for all of you- The Weinlands
Kelli Weinland
May 7, 2010
Jon Pike
May 7, 2010
God bless you and your family during this time of loss.
Teresa Willcox
May 7, 2010
What a girl, that MK! What a family. We are heartbroken for you. Our wish is that you find peace in the knowledge that you loved immeasurably and provided bountiful support and experiences that made her wise beyond her years. We love you all,
The Oldenburgs
Shannon Oldenburg
May 7, 2010
Bill, Elizabeth, and Jack, I am saddened to learn of your loss. I have no doubt her brief life was filled will joy for everyone who knew her. Losing her must be hard to bear. You have my deepest sympathy.
Mark Pomeroy
May 6, 2010
I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you.


Kay Nader
May 6, 2010
I extend my most sincere sympathy to the Joyce Family in their loss of Mary Katherine!
I can truly sympathize as I know the pain of losing a young daughter! Though I only met Mary Katherine briefly through my granddaughter, Mackenzie Huffman, she was a charming girl! I pray that God will give you comfort, peace, and strength in the days ahead as you grieve her loss and joy as you cherish her fond memories and celebrate a life well lived. Sincerely, Lynn
Lynn Pickens Festavan
May 6, 2010
Bill, Elizabeth, and Jack,

We are very sorry for your loss. Mary Katherine's presence on our block will be missed. She added flair to the neighborhood!

Kandee, Hayden, and Kelley Ann
Kandee Flint
May 6, 2010
Elizabeth and Bill, may God's peace and consolation be upon all of the those who loved Mary Katherine and were blessed to have her in their lives. Know that all of you are loved and cherished and remain in our prayers.

Thomas Carmody
May 6, 2010
Billy, Elizabeth & Jack,

We are so, so sorry for your loss of precious Mary Katherine! We know exactly what you are going through. Mary Katherine is in heaven with our Becca & they are having a blast together! Please remember that we are holding you all in our prayers.
Lots of love, The Bettis Family
Chris Bettis
May 6, 2010
Mk was such an amazing and loving person. We shared many amazing memories that I will never forget. She was one of a kind and very special to me. I miss her more every day. I love you all, and you are in my prayers.

Devon Bond
Devon Bond
May 6, 2010
I have wonderful memories of Mary Katherine at Southfield. A wonderful young lady in all the right ways. I send my most heartfelt sympathy to your family and circle of friends. I am sure many will feel your loss. Take care.
Kay McPherson
May 6, 2010
Dear Elizabeth and Family,

I am so very sorry for your incredible loss. Mary Katherine sounds like she was a definite shining star, and will never be forgotten by you or anyone who knew her. I am sending prayers and good thoughts to you and yours. God bless you all!!
Harriet Donohue
May 6, 2010
Dear Bill and Elizabeth, We were so terribly saddened to hear of the passing of your lovely daughter, Mary Katherine. You and Jackson are in our thoughts, and we send you all our most heartfelt condolences.
Wendell & Florence Minor
May 6, 2010
Every day with mk was an adventure. I will always remember the times we spent together. I am so sorry for your loss. She will always be in my heart.

Love you all,
Meaghan Connor
May 6, 2010
Bill and Elizabeth,
We are so sorry for your loss... our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Susanne and Bill Pritchard
May 6, 2010
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Glynda Doiron-Wilson
May 6, 2010
God bless you and your family.
H Hawkins
May 6, 2010
Dear Elizabeth, Bill and Jack,
I'm terribly heartbroken for you all. I'll always remember Andi and Mary Katherine sitting in their highchairs squishing cake between their fingers on their first birthdays. I know how much you love her and I've always admired your acceptance and support of her wishes and ideas. You have been great neighbors and if we can help in any way we will always be there for you. This is so sad and really hits close to home for all of us. Anil was Cade's doctor also and he is so good and kind. I know that everyone will rally around you and I hope that you will feel comfort from God, family and friends.
Love Janette, Cade, Andi and Jolynn
Janette Armstrong
May 6, 2010
Hello Bill, and family... I dont know you or your family, but I went to high school with you.I saw this notice in the newspaper about your wonderful daughter and was very saddened by the news. I lost my son four years ago. At the time it was so devastating I didnt think I would live through it. But God took me and wrapped his loving arms around me and has not loosened His hold yet. I pray for you and your family that you will allow Him to do the same for you.
penny hardey
May 6, 2010
Dearest Bill & Elizabeth,
I am so sorry to hear your sad news about your precious daughter, Mary Katherine. You are in my thoughts every day. My heart aches with you and for you. Please know I am sending you love,
Joanna Cotler
May 5, 2010
James Stroud
May 5, 2010
Bill and Elizabeth ---
I am so sorry and know that my prayers are with you in the loss of your daughter. My heart breaks for you

God Speed
Frank Geis
May 5, 2010
Billy & Elizabeth,
You have been in my thoughts and prayers constantly since hearing this very sad news. I wish I had known Mary Katherine. She was a beautiful girl and it is clear from your description of her that she was just as beautiful and vibrant on the inside.
I will continue to pray that your hearts will some day feel a little less broken and that you will find peace and grace in the love of family and friends. Take care of each other.

All my love,
Sally Welch
May 5, 2010
Dear Bill and Elizabeth,
I was so sorry to hear from J. Huffman that you've lost your beautiful daughter. What a lovely young woman. I enjoyed reading about her and her remarkable, adventurous life. My thoughts are with you.
Dave Calver
May 5, 2010
Dear Elizabeth and Family, I was so sorry to read of Mary Katherine's passing. Please know I have you all in my thoughts and prayers. Very Sincerely. Dottie Ruesch Baton Rouge,La
May 5, 2010
Hearts and prayers are with you all the way. Our family to yours. May you be comforted in love.
Mark N.
May 5, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Aunt Joy & Cousin Michelle
Michelle Honeycutt
May 5, 2010
Dear Elizabeth and Bill,
Please know that our hearts pour out with sympathy in the loss of your most precious daughter. It is obvious from what we read that she loved life and family and indeed that is a blessing that her life was full of both. Our thoughts will daily be on your family and our prayers will be for God's peace and comfort in your life...
Kathy and Richard Lamb
May 5, 2010
Bill & Elizabeth:
I'm sure Mary Katherine loves that wonderful send-off you gave her in the paper. I am sorry I never got a chance to spend some time with this "Best dressed" "seasoned traveler".
May her travels now be filled with love and grace.

Your pals forever;
Gary & Renee
Gary Cascio
May 5, 2010
Bill, Elizabeth and Jack ~
You are in our prayers. "M Kat" was a frequent and very welcome guest in our home over the years of friendship with Ian. She was a dear friend to him and a bright star to all of us. Missing her will never end.
Karl & Nia Mitchell
May 5, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Joyce and family,
We are sincerely saddened to hear about your precious Mary Katherine. She and Rachel and Devon shared many memories in our home and laughed often. She will be missed and remembered for her beautiful smile. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories. Rachel loved her and all of you. We will be praying that God surrounds all of you with his love and grace in the days ahead.
Laura, Carlton, and Rachel Hughes
laura hughes
May 5, 2010
Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow on your loss of Mary Katherine, an unimaginable loss. I hope the love of those around you can help you through the days ahead.
Renee Cupples Cascio
May 5, 2010
E. Sandford
May 5, 2010
Our prayers and thought are with the Family at this very difficult time. May the Lord shower His blessings in this time of need.
Yeona & Jim Auld
May 5, 2010
Elizabeth, Bill, and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Take comfort in all of the wonderful memories you have of your beautiful daughter Mary Katherine that will last a lifetime. may God bless you all.

Susan Moffitt
Susan Moffitt
May 5, 2010
Dear Bill and Elizabeth, You are in my thoughts and heart so much right now. I pray that you will have strength and peace, and will be comforted thinking of the joy that this beautiful young lady brought into so many lives. Roxanne Wilson Prentice
Roxanne Wilson
May 5, 2010
Our deepest condolences and sympathies go out to all of Mary Katherine's family.
Eric & Shannon Brock
May 5, 2010
Elizabeth and family, Mark and I are keeping you in our prayers. You are in our every thought. I hope we are able to see you soon. Love, Katie
Katie Colvin Goodson
May 5, 2010
I have always admired your family ever since my daughter (Emily) worked for you. My heart aches for your loss, but please know you are in my prayers daily. May God hold and comfort you in his loving arms.
Shirley Clark
May 5, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

Jean Wall
jean wall
May 5, 2010
We will never forget the wonderful little girl accross the street who gave Patsy the largest diamond ring she ever had. We remember some of her quotes like,"Jack is so NEW, he doesn't even know about the beach."
We haven't seen her in years, but we feel a sense of loss that she has left us.
Our prayers are with you.
Patsy & Alton Wallace
May 5, 2010
My heart and my prayers go out to the Joyce family. May the Lord keep you and comfort you.
Michael Jackson
May 5, 2010
Elizabeth and Bill, may God keeps His arms around you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
~ Rebecca Chandler Jackson
Rebecca Jackson
May 5, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. I send much love to you all.
Millie Mitchell
May 5, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Nancy Badt Bernstein
May 5, 2010
Bill, I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine your pain right now but I hope that kind words and good friends help you in your time of despair. I hope you find peace. Take care, Jeanne
Jeanne Wessler-Soboul
May 5, 2010
Bill, Elizabeth and Jack
You are all in our thoughts and prayers today and always. What a beautiful tribute you have shared with us - Mary Katherine was a special young lady. Those who have a short time here on earth often live life to the fullest and she is no exception! I wish that Joey and I could be with you all this weekend as you honor her life.

Much Love

Virginia Hendrick Haddad
Virginia Haddad
May 5, 2010
Bill and Elizabeth, there is not one thing I can say. Thinking of y'all and am so sorry. Love you both, Rene
May 5, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Katherine Naus Powers
May 5, 2010
Your family is in my prayers.
Caroline Chumley
May 5, 2010
Very sorry for your loss, Bill. I will be praying for Mary Katherine and your family.
Carlos Colon
May 5, 2010
"Mary K" saying you name puts a smile on my face and warms my heart. Your funny sense of humor and unique spirit will be everlasting. Reflecting on our childhood friendship and on our years spent at Southfield, pierremont swimming parties, sleepovers, and hallowwen parties, these times will always be cherished memories in my life. God Speed Mary K. I will miss you! Love, Haley

Elizabeth, Bill and Jack what an honor to have known such an incredible young lady. Our heartfelt sympathy go out to you and your family. We hope peace and comfort will fill your hearts with joyful times as you celebrate Mary Katherines life.
Sincerely, Haley, Lane, Russell and Brandon Bagwell
Haley Bagwell
May 5, 2010
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