Helen Joyce Nelson, of Greenville, age 94, passed away
May14, 2020. Born in Buckner, Arkansas September 4, 1925 to Guy and Rommie
Minter, Joyce grew up enjoying the simplicity and work of a farm. An
intelligent student, Joyce pursued her education through Texas A & I
College and later received her master’s degree in elementary education from
East Texas State University. She quietly strove in a time when few women
advanced their education, and she did not stop there. Joyce balanced a
fulfilling career while raising a family as well.
Joyce married John S. Nelson on May 27, 1947, in Kingsville,
Texas. The couple celebrated 67 years of marriage before John passed in 2014.
In 1958 John, Joyce and their two young children, Marsha and Randy, moved to
Greenville where they lived out their days enjoying many friends, gardening and
grandchildren. They were faithful, active members of Highland Terrace Baptist
Joyce dedicated herself to teaching at Travis Elementary for
35 years. She made a positive impact on the lives of generations. The same qualities that made Joyce an exceptional
teacher also made her a trusted, valued friend to many. Her warm spirit, sense
of humor, care and concern for others will be greatly missed. Joyce touched the
hearts of many with regular small acts of kindness and generosity. In the words
of one perceptive friend “ You can’t spell
‘Joyce’ without ‘Joy.’” And JOY she brought! Often through apple pies,
her famous fruit whip and her hot Cowboys football sports opinions. Rarely has
one person had such a profoundly positive effect on so many.
Joyce is survived by her son, Randy, and her daughter,
Marsha, Marsha’s partner, Gigi, two grandchildren, Lucas and Emmy, and several
nieces and nephews.
Grave-side services will be at 2:00pm, Sunday at Memoryland
Memorial Park and conducted by Dr. Chet Haney. Visitation will be Saturday at
Coker-Mathews Funeral Home from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Knowing that flowers are difficult to obtain at this time,
in lieu of, please consider making a donation to Highland Terrace Baptist,
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