Joyce A. Kingsley

Canton – Joyce A. Kingsley, 78, of Canton, passed away peacefully at 1:21 AM on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born on March 7, 1939 in Kirksville, MO to Daniel and Lavern (Lindsey) Patterson. She married Don Kingsley on September 28, 1957 at Glasford Baptist Church. He survives.

Joyce was a pillar of strength for her family, and her passion for them knew no bounds. She celebrated their successes and comforted their failures to her last days. She was thoughtful, kind, patient, and gave advice without passing judgment to everyone she encountered. She never had an unkind word for anyone.

A proud mother, a grandmother, and great-grandmother Joyce, was the embodiment of the word mom.  She loved her family deeply, fiercely, and unconditionally.  Her family will miss her limitless laughter, her positivity, and her shoulder to lean on along with her amazing holiday noodles.

Joyce participated in theater when she was young.  She owned a flower shop in Glassford for a few years, liked to sew, and read the bible.  She enjoyed dinner dates with Don and travelling.

Joyce was a member of Evangelical Free Church in Canton, YMCA, White Cross group at Evangelical Free Church. She taught Sunday school at the 1st Baptist Church and Evangelical Free Church and helped tutor children through the churches. Joyce enjoyed working with small children and supporting those in need.

Joyce is survived by three children, Dawn (Roger) Riley of Pekin, IL, Troy (Lisa) Kingsley of Denver, CO, and Angie (Joseph) Menefee of Bartonville, IL; six grandchildren Gregory Kingsley (Cristina), Brandon Vogel (Corey), Ryan Vogel, Lindsey Smith, Sgt. Zachary Menefee (Haileigh), Alex Menefee; five great-grandchildren, Averi, Paislei, Kyler, Katie, & Cash; two brothers, Larry (Karen) Patterson of Mackinaw, IL and Danny (Dorothy) Patterson of Forest Lake, MN; and one sister, Linda (Bobby) Gaines of Shelbyville, MO.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Greg Kingsley.

Services will be held at 12 PM noon on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Evangelical Free Church in Canton, where a visitation will be held at the church from 10 AM to 12 PM. Rev. Bill Walder will officiate the service with Rev. Brandon Theobald assisting. Burial will follow the services at Lancaster Cemetery in Glasford, IL. Memorials can be made to Evangelical Free Church. To view Joyce’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to

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15 Responses to Joyce A. Kingsley

  1. Ben & Bonnie Lane says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are being sent to the family and all who knew and Loved Joyce. A Loving Mother, Precious Grandmother and Great-Grandmother has left her earthly home for her mansion in the sky, as Our-GOD has promised. Rest in Peace all that know our LORD and Savior JESUS CHRIST that there will be a Glorious Reunion in Our-Heavenly Home one day….Rest In Peace….Sweet-Joyce.

    Ben & Bonnie Lane

  2. Dayle Sarnes says:

    Joyce will be greatly missed at the Ymca. I am sorry for your loss. She was a great lady.

  3. Dean & Ruth Bitner says:

    Don and family…Dean and I were so very shocked and sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. Have so many memories of when her family first moved to Glasford and we became friends. Praying for you. Memories are special…hold them close.

  4. Mary Jo Norrell says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your loving mother. God bless you all. Peace for all of you.

  5. George Wall says:

    Don. Praying for you and your family🙏

  6. George. Wall says:

    Don Praying for you and your family🙏❤️

  7. Lindsey says:

    Strongest, most loving soul I’ve ever known. Averi, Paislei and I will miss you so much Grams. We will take care of Granpa for you. Until we can be together again❤

  8. Lindsey says:

    Most loving, kindest, strongest soul I’ve ever known. Averi, Paislei and I will miss you deeply. We will take care of Gramps for you. Until we meet again… ❤❤❤❤

  9. Lori Pye Benfield says:

    So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers to family and friends she was a very sweet lady may she rest in peace

  10. Sandy (Pye) Smith says:

    Prayers to the family of Joyce Kingsley.

  11. Gail Hall says:

    Dawn & family: I am so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. Please know you are in my prayers at this very difficult time.

  12. Dean & Ruth Bitner says:

    Don and Family, We were so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. Always remember her as such a great person. When her family moved to Glasford, they lived close to my folks grocery store. Time goes by so quickly…cherish the memories.

  13. Sherri Nau Roe says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you for your loss. I will always remember Joyce’s beautiful soul, kind spirit and ongoing smile. The many years of school functions were so much brighter knowing I was in her presence. Truly an angel on earth. Hugs to all

  14. Jennifer Ray says:

    I am sorry I missed the services. I had to work. My heart goes out to your family! Will keep you all in my prayers! Stay strong and lean in and feel the love of God’s arms around you all in the ongoing heartaches.

  15. Caryl Lasswell says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Joyce in the pool at the Y and will always remember her beautiful smile & spirit. You didn’t need to know her long to tell what an amazingly loving person she was. But I sure wish I would have had the chance to know her longer than I did. Our jacuzzi talks were about her God, her family & her friends that she loved so much. Thank you for sharing her with me, if only for a short while. I will miss her so much… but I have a feeling we will meet again in glory. <3

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