Joyce Reeder

Joyce ReederJoyce J. Reeder, 84, of Rushville died at 8:51 p.m. Dec. 27, 2016, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

She was born June 10, 1932, in Huntsville Township, Schuyler County, a daughter of Charles Maurice and Gladys Grafton Hester. She married Sterling Reeder on Sept. 2, 1950, in Rushville. He preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 1979.

She also was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Andrea Nicole Clarke; three brothers, Bill, Bruce and Scott Hester; and one sister, Mary Beth Greene.

Surviving are one son, Thomas (and Kathy) Reeder of Tulsa, Okla.; one daughter, Jayne (and Ray) Howard of Frederick; one sister, Margaret Rose “Peggy” (and Larry) Worthey of Edwardsville; her longtime companion George “Bub” Cross of Versailles; and three grandchildren.

She graduated from Augusta High School in 1950. She first worked as an assistant in the pharmacy of Moreland & Devitt Drug Store in Rushville. Beginning in 1972, she and her husband began operating the family business Reeder Wholesale until her husband’s death. In 1981, she received her Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate and began working as an LPN at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, retiring in 1994.

She attended First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville.

Services were held Saturday at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Pastor Jason Triplett officiating. Burial was in the Huntsville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Rushville Community Chest.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/4/2017


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