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     Joyce LeAnn Braudaway, age 54, of Carl Junction, Missouri, passed away Monday night, March 13, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin.

     Joyce was born April 26, 1962, in Lamar, to Marion and Leila (Clark) Giger.  She grew up in Barton County where she was active in 4-H, band and basketball, graduated from Lamar High School in 1980 and worked at Lamar Greenhouse.  A life-long learner, Joyce was enrolled in Missouri Southern where she worked as a student account manager, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1997.  She had also worked in student services at Franklin Tech and as a para-legal at a law firm.  She was a member of First Baptist Church while living in Lamar and currently attended Christ’s Church of Oronogo.

     On April 30, 1994, Joyce married Dean Braudaway who survives, of the home.  Also surviving are her parents, Marion & Leila Giger, Lamar; four sons, Austin Phipps, Portland, Oregon, Casey (Jo) Phipps, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Brent (Amy) Phipps, Washington D.C., and Justin Braudaway, Carl Junction; a granddaughter, Trinity Phipps, Carl Junction; a brother, Richard Giger, Lamar, and a sister-in-law, Chris Hembree, Tampa, Florida.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 18th at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar where the family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time Saturday.  Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Missouri Southern Scholarship Fund or Irwin Community Church, in care of the funeral home.

Comments  

#6 Tulsa, OKSusie Keepper 2017-04-25 11:24
I am so sorry to hear about Joyce. I am filled with many lovey memories of her in high school. She was intelligent and quite capable in anything she set out to accomplish. My thoughts are with you.
#5 Fort Worth, TexasKristie Bunton 2017-03-17 19:28
Joyce and I were just a year apart in school, and although we lost touch because I've lived away from Irwin since finishing high school, I will always treasure the years she and I were like two peas in a pod. Whether it was all the times we were in and out of each others' houses for 4-H meetings or we were sharing rides to band practices, we always had fun. I will always cherish having had such a lively, smart friend. I know that if my mom were alive, she would point out what a good and capable worker Joyce was in all our 4-H projects. My brother Mike and I reminisced about Joyce this evening, and I'm sure that I speak for all of your old Bunton neighbors when I say all the Gigers will be in our prayers. I hope you find comfort in many good memories.
#4 Springfield, MissouriJoyce Powell 2017-03-17 06:57
Joyce was the sweetest person I ever had the pleasure to know. Our professor in college called us Joyce & Rejoice. She was rejoice. We'd fallen out of touch the last few years because of health issues on both sides, but I never forgot what a good friend she always was to me.Rest in peace my friend. My prayers for strength and comfort go out to Dean and the rest of her family in this time of sorrow.
#3 Wrightstown, PAPhilip and Julie Shilane and f 2017-03-16 10:07
It was always a pleasure to see Joyce, and most recently, it was great to see her at the wedding of Brent and Amy. We send our condolences to her entire family.
#2 TexasSue Godsey 2017-03-16 08:54
Joyce Braudaway always greeted me with a great smile, making me feel as though she'd been waiting just to talk with me. She did this for all the 15 years I was blessed to know her. Joyce shared her warmth and optimism with everyone she met. She blessed everyone who came into contact with her, and as the next world embraces her, the world here is much less without her. My love and prayers to Dean, all the boys, and Trinity.
#1 Joplin, MOApril Davis Hale Bartholomew 2017-03-15 07:55
My thoughts and prayers to her family, she was a great and caring lady, she is going to be greatly missed by all that knew her. RIP my friend I'll see you when our Lord savior comes back.

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