Joyce Owens

Joyce Janet Owens

Wednesday, February 21st, 1940 - Tuesday, May 25th, 2021
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Joyce Janet Owens, age 81 of Granbury, TX, passed away peacefully in her sleep on
May 25, 2021.

Joyce was born February 21, 1940 in Fresno, California to Victor and Irene Franklin.
She had an older sister, Fredonna, and later, a younger sister, Carol. After the death of
Victor in 1949, Irene moved her daughters to Smith Center, Kansas.

Joyce was a 1958 graduate of Smith Center High School. She was a member of the
National Honor Society, played the piano and the French horn; and sang in all of the
school choruses, as well as in a girls’ quartet. After high school she attended Brown
Mackie Business School in Salina, KS.

In 1961 Joyce married Owen Sherman, of Manhatten, KS. at the United Methodist
Church in Smith Center, KS. A daughter, Michele Ayn, was born to them in 1963.
During their marriage, they spent three years in Munich, Germany, where Joyce had the
opportunity to visit exciting places such as Paris, Holland, Switzerland, London, and
more. While in Munich, Joyce took classes with the University of Maryland overseas
education program. Joyce and Owen were married until 1977.

A strong and loving single mother, Joyce was devoted to raising Michele while working
a full-time job. They formed a wonderful mother-daughter bond, full of unconditional
love, mutual respect, and a special closeness that both cherished so very much. Most
importantly, Joyce introduced Michele to Jesus Christ, and taught her the importance
of a strong faith in God.

In 1981, Joyce married Edward Owens in Arlington, TX and gained a wonderful and
loving second family, including Ed’s daughters, Lisa and Cristy. Joyce and Ed enjoyed
traveling, which included trips to Germany, Hawaii, Canada, and the Caribbean. They
also spent a summer RV’ing in Colorado, and enjoyed several other trips visiting
friends and relatives.

Joyce’s working career included clerical/secretarial positions at the Road Materials
Laboratory for Kansas on the campus of Kansas State University, the ARC, and
Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The most fulfilling job, and the one she was most proud
of, was her 20 years at Lockheed Martin, where she retired as an LG4 Analyst in 2006.

At Lockheed, Joyce made many friends with whom she remained in contact for years
after her retirement.

Anyone who knew Joyce, knows that she loved to sing and had a beautiful soprano
voice - right to the very end. Throughout her life, she was involved in many singing
groups, including the Arlington Civic Chorus, the Fort Worth Baptist Theological
Seminary Choir, Sweet Adelines, Fielder Church choir, and Tate Springs Baptist Church
choir. She loved the Lord, and loved singing His praises every time she had the

She was a dedicated grandmother to Lane and Abby, and never hesitated to support
their interests and passions, whether it be a sporting event, musical event, or other
school function. She was also very fond of her son-in-law, Mike, who was always
available to help her in any way that was needed. She looked forward to routinely
meeting her daughter Michele and sister Carol at Starbucks for coffee, as well as their
many "Girls’ Day Out” events for birthday celebrations (or “just because”). For nearly
50 years, the three enjoyed annual road trips to Kansas, which always included
frequent stops and a lot of laughter.

Her kind spirit, generosity, and her beautiful laugh and smile will be missed by all who
knew and loved her. We take comfort in knowing, without a doubt, that she is now with
her Lord and Savior, fully healed.

Joyce is preceded in death by her father, Victor, her mother, Irene, and her older sister,
Fredonna. She is survived by her husband of almost 41 years, Edward Owens; her
daughter Michele Duskin and husband Mike; step-daughter Lisa Coster; step-daughter
Cristy Schwartzenburg and husband Jason; grandchildren Abigail Hankins and
husband Grant, Lane Duskin and wife Sophie, step-grandson Jordan Boehne; sister
Carol Fagan, sister-in-law Alison Blum and husband Rod; sister-in-law Patty Feldman
and husband Alan; sister-in-law Sharon Newton; sister-in-law Sue Boukercha and
husband Youcef; and many loving nephews and nieces and their families, along with so
many friends, all whom loved Joyce so very much.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 17 at 2 p.m. at Wade Funeral Home,
4140 West Pioneer Parkway in Arlington, TX.

In her memory, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association. Donations can
be made in her memory at

Wade Family Funeral Home
(817) 274-9233
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  • Service

    Thursday, June 17th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, June 17th, 2021 2:00pm
    Wade Family Funeral Home
    4140 W. Pioneer Pkwy
    Arlington, Texas 76013
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  • Interment

    Friday, June 18th, 2021 | 9:30am
    Friday, June 18th, 2021 9:30am
    Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery
    2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
    DALLAS, Texas 75211
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Merrie L. Vicory

Posted at 06:00am
Joyce and I were friends for 50 years. She was a very intelligent, resourceful, giving and warm individual, whom I will always miss. Merrie Vicory

Sherrie Stewart

Posted at 08:06pm
I so loved her spirit. She and Owen took us kids traveling all through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. She made homemade trail mix n cooked delicious meals on her travel stove. We hiked all over the trails. These adventures are such treasured memories. We camped out in the VW bus. The many years of friendship she had with my mother through the many years were such a blessing. She had a wonderful sense of dry humor. She loved her daughter with ALL HER HEART AND SOUL. Michele was such a dear caring daughter to her. Rest In Peace dear Angel. You will be missed.

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