Joyce Sturgess

Joyce Janice Sturgess (Edwards)

Wednesday, September 6th, 1933 - Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
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Joyce Janice Sturgess, 87, passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Arlington, Texas.

She was born on September 6, 1933 in Wichita Falls, Texas to William John and Mabel (Branham) Edwards.

After her high school graduation, Joyce earned a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Southern Methodist University in 1955. She married Thomas W. “Tom” Sturgess (Lt. Col. USAF/Ret.) on December 28, 1954. She was a loving wife and mother, dedicated piano teacher and longtime member of P.E.O., a women’s philanthropic educational organization.

During Tom’s 23 years of service as a pilot in the USAF, he, Joyce and their 3 children lived in many locations throughout the United States, including several wonderful years in Hawaii. After Tom’s retirement from the USAF in 1978, they settled in O’Fallon, Illinois. The family were long-time members of O’Fallon First United Methodist Church, where Tom served as choir director and Joyce sang in the choir. She was a standout with her captivating contralto voice.

Joyce was known for her quick mind, sense of style, and abilities in the kitchen, which was a continuing source of delight to family, friends and especially Tom, who considered himself the luckiest man in the world. Tom and Joyce’s love affair lasted their entire lives, and was an inspiration to all who knew them, especially their grandchildren.

Joyce was preceded in death by Tom, her husband of 58 years, her parents, William John and Mabel Edwards and three sisters, Geneva House, Joan Goodson and Willette Ward Hester.

Joyce is survived by her three children, Dave Sturgess and wife Pam, Steve Sturgess and wife Terri Teal, and Laura Fiaoni and husband David. She was adored and will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Jamie Dunahoo and husband Rob, Chris Sturgess, Kayla Sturgess, Robert Fiaoni, Thomas Fiaoni and wife Morgan, Jessica Das and husband Riddhiman, Emily Schrimpf and husband Zach, and Becca Sturgess. Her legacy extended to great-grandchildren Jett Dunahoo, Rylee Dunahoo, and one on the way, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made in Joyce's name to the Salvation Army.

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, June 5th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 5th, 2021 1:00pm
    Wade Family Funeral Home
    4140 W. Pioneer Pkwy.
    ARLINGTON, TX 76013
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  • Interment

    Monday, June 7th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Monday, June 7th, 2021 1:00pm
    Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery
    2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
    DALLAS, Texas 75211
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Posted at 08:36pm
We Are all richer for having Joyce in our lives. She gave so much of herself to Tom and her children, and so much of that will live on in them.

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Love, Lee Anne and Richard

Posted at 01:57pm
With loving memories of your mom and deepest sorrow for you, Laura.
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In loving memory of Joyce from Bob and Kay Bowman, our daughters, Laura Bowman Howland, Lynn Bowman Liefer, Diane Bowman Reeves and their families.
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