Joyce Williams April 1, 1941 - May 30, 2021 Leavenworth, Kansas - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Joyce Sandra Grant Williams (Jones), 81, on Sunday, May 30, 2021, in Olathe, Kan. Born and raised in Leavenworth, Kan., Joyce was a light in this world, an icon in the community, and a blessing to all those who knew and loved her. Widely known educator, coach, playwright, actor, activist, and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She will be greatly missed. Visitation beginning with the praying of the rosary will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2021, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Leavenworth, Kan. Let's all continue to shine Joyce's light, by carrying it within us in our own lives!
Leavenworth High School, Class of 1978: This just breaks my heart. She was my favorite teacher. She was my Debate Coach. We traveled by bus with the Debate Team for debate competitions. She loved having us call her Mom! About 20 years ago, after reading Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, I got convicted to reach out to Mrs. Grant-Williams to tell her how special she was to me. I called LHS and was told they would get a message to her. She called me back within the hour. Even though it had been over 20 years since I had spoken to her, she sounded exactly the same. I poured my heart out to her and we both cried. She mentored me through a very difficult time in my life that I didn't even tell my closest friends about. My parents had separated and I felt lost. (They later reconciled and were married "till death did they part".) Then my grandmother, who lived with us, passed away. Granny was my hero and protector. Mrs. Grant-Williams lifted me up and kept me on track through all of that pain. She lived a good life and loved all of her students. I'm blessed to have been one of them. Rest in peace, Mom. You were one in a million and could have taught Teachers how to truly reach their students.