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Harriette "Joyce" Hedge Williams died March 19, 2017 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha following a short illness.
Joyce was born December 22, 1926, in Delta, IA, the daughter of Russell H. "Doc" and Harriette Faye (Reed) Hedge. She was married June 14, 1947 to Howard E. "Gene" Williams at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. Joyce and Gene were classmates since kindergarten and graduated from Hedrick High School. Joyce earned her Teaching Certificate at Iowa State Teacher's College (Cedar Falls). On January 31, 1960, she earned a BS in Education from Drake University. Joyce graduated Kappa Delta Pi an International Honor Society in the Field of Education. She passionately taught in Grand Junction, Osage, Mason City, Des Moines, Madrid and retired in Ottumwa in 1989 (Evans Junior High). She taught Junior High for thirty six and a half years and was nominated for Iowa Teacher of the Year.
Joyce was an avid reader and was interested in creative writing, poetry, writing books and making teaching aids. Her hobbies included crocheting, sewing, rock hunting, and exploring her family history and history. She had a thirst for learning with a resistance to technology and computers. Joyce was a member of the National Education Association (NEC).
She is held in loving memory by her husband of seventy years, Gene. Her children, Ron (Sandy) Williams of Cedar Rapids, Linda (Dan) Corzette of Galesburg, IL, Rus Williams (Debbie Popenhagen) of Fairfax; grandchildren, Kelly (Scott) Dahlke, Jason Williams, Megan Doyle, Rhiannon Williams, Jordan Williams, Tara Popenhagen, Megan Popenhagen; and eight great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Knute and Roy Hedge, and one grandson, Wes Corzette.
A visitation will be held at Teahen Funeral Home on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. A Celebration of Life is planned in Pennsylvania Place Dining Room, Ottumwa, IA on April 1st from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy at 315 18th Avenue, Hiawatha, IA 52233. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.teahenfuneralhome.com
Published on March 20, 2017
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