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Joyce Estes-Andrews

Joyce Ann Estes-Andrews, daughter of Katherine D. Raymo and Charles R. Allen, was born September 21, 1942 in Chillicothe, Missouri.

Joyce grew up around Chillicothe & Trenton, Missouri, graduating from high school in Weston, Missouri in 1961. On July 10, 1961, she married David Estes, Sr. in Platte City, MO. Joyce drove a truck with David and they traveled with the carnivals.

Joyce and David also worked at the tobacco barns in the Weston area and Joyce was the cook for the group of men that worked there. In 1973, they moved to Iowa and they settled in the Creston area where Joyce & David managed the Union County farm from 1981 to 1988. Joyce also worked for a time as a med-aid.

Joyce loved to travel. With David, they might come get a grandchild and take off traveling. She enjoyed motorcycles, dancing and getting her nails and hair done. Joyce was a good-natured that loved her family and was always fun to be around. For several summers, her nieces and/or nephews would come stay with them and she enjoyed having them. She loved to fish but never ate fish, claiming she was allergic to it! Christmas was her favorite holiday and she fussed over the tree for weeks. She was a great cook that had feasts on Christmas, Thanksgiving and other holidays. She could take left-overs and make a gourmet meal out of them. She loved her dogs and she tolerated a lot from her children…but she loved being their mom through it all.

David passed away on July 13, 1994. She married James Andrews on May 22, 2004 and he passed away in July of 2008. Joyce will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Joyce passed away July 9, 2015 at St. Lukes Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; daughter Rosemary Roberts on July 25, 2012; 3 grandsons Johnny Roberts, Jr, Cory Estes, and Colby Clark; 2 brothers Donald Ray and Raymond Allen.

Survivors include her children David Estes, Jr. of Diagonal, IA, Kim (Rick) Ray of Corning, IA, Karen (Bob) Christensen of Diagonal, IA, Irene Enarson of Corning, IA, and Judy Blackburn of Creston, IA; son-in-law Johnny Roberts, Sr. of Pattensburg, MO; 13 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren; brother David Allen of Kansas City, MO; sisters Nannie Hakes of Kansas City, MO and Glee (Bill) Shelton of Pom De Terre, MO; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

A memorial fund has been established in her name.

  • Visitation With Family Present

    July 12, 2015
    12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    July 12, 2015
    2:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Sunday July 12 2015

    Clearfield Cemetery

    Clearfield, IA

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Thinking of you all, know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Tammy Terrebonne - Des Moines, IA - family friend   July 11, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

we all love you and will miss you very much!!!

Posted by karen - Diagonal, IA - daughter   July 10, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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