Joyce Lee Whiteley, 85 passed away peacefully August 31, 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her loving husband of 69 years Arthur Charles by her side.
Joyce was born in Colcord, Oklahoma on December 2, 1935, to Henry and Grace Pickell. During her high school years, she met the love of her life Arthur Charles Whiteley. Joyce married Arthur on May 6, 1952 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Their union was blessed with four beautiful children.
After residing in Washington D.C., Lawton, Sand Springs, and Tulsa Oklahoma, the couple made their true home in Catoosa, Oklahoma, in 1968 to raise their children.
Joyce was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and mother-in-law. She is dearly loved by her daughter Sheryl and husband Allen LaCroix of Catoosa, Oklahoma, son Terry and his wife Vanessa Whiteley of Catoosa, Oklahoma, daughter Karen and her husband Mike Parham of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and son Gary and his wife Billie Whiteley of Catoosa, Oklahoma. Sisters Betty Ivey of Joplin, Missouri,, and Diane Bly and her Jack of Verdigris Oklahoma as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Joyce lived a full life and enjoyed many moments of complete and utter joy. She was blessed with 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, with an additional great grandchild on the way and one great-great grandchild on the way.
Joyce was fiercely strong, loyal, our biggest cheerleader and our constant supporter. She was the matriarch of our family and her love for all of us knew no boundaries. She will forever be in our hearts.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Grace Pickell.
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