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Joyce Blackwell

December 19, 1934 ~ September 12, 2019 (age 84)

Obituary

Joyce Blackwell, age 84, passed away peacefully on September 12th, 2019 at Porta Caeli hospice house in Tulsa Oklahoma, while in the loving care of the Clarehouse staff and in the presence of beloved family members.
She was born December 19th, 1934 as Joyce Sessums in Clinton,AR to parents Ruby and Ernest Sessums and attended high school at Senath Hornersville High School. Joyce retired from service as a Certified Dietary Manager within various skilled nursing facilities, providing the warmth and care of a great meal to all her patients and friends. She fell in love and was married to Hal Blackwell who gave her 18 loving years of marriage before his passing.
Joyce Blackwell was a devout Christian with a fierce love of God and great faith in the healing scriptures and words of Jesus Christ. Before her passing she attended South Highway 88 Church of Christ, where through her grace and love she made many cherished friends who she cared for deeply.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents Ruby and Ernest Sessums, her siblings Nancy, Woodson Eugene, and Jimmy Sessums, her children Dennis, Garry, Kathy, Douglas, and Micheal Flatt, and her husband Hal Blackwell.
She is survived by her sisters Patsy Followell and Janie Church, her brother David Sessums, daughter-in-law Sharon Kay Flatt, her Grandchildren April Shanahan, Ernest, Daniel, Garry Lee Flatt, their spouses Becca, Mary, and Amber Flatt, and finally by her great grandchildren Logan, River, Ava, Kylie, Gabe, and Cassandra Flatt.
Joyce Blackwell was a loving and devoted wife and grandmother who lived her life with faith, kindness, and determination. She was loved by most all who came to know her, and she will be sorely missed.
Memorial Services will be held at Rice Funeral Service in Claremore, Oklahoma, on September 21st, 2019 at 1 PM CST.


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