Jocelyn 'Joyce' Clarke

Friday, January 8, 2010
Jocelyn 'Joyce' Clarke

Services for Mrs. Joyce Clarke, 90, of Spencer, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at First Christian Church of Spencer. Rev. Dan Mayes will officiate the service.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home of Spencer.

Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Jocelyn (Joyce) Dawn Clarke, daughter of Herbert J. and Fern (Hinch) Walstead, was born on May 28, 1919, in Albert City, Iowa. On Jan. 4, 2010, following a brief illness, Joyce went to be with the Lord. Joyce was raised on a farm in Buena Vista County along with two brothers and two sisters. She attended school at Lincoln Lea, Highview Consolidated, Linn Grove, and graduated from Cornell High School in 1937 as salutatorian. The family moved to Spencer at that time, and Joyce met Herbert E. Clarke while attending church and youth meetings at First Christian Church. Joyce married Herbert in 1940. They had a rich life centered around God, family and friends. Herbert preceded her in death in 1995, after 56 years of marriage. Together they raised three children: Roger Dean (Sharon) of Spencer, Barbara Jean (Norm) Hanson, of Danville, Ill., and Marcia Elaine Clarke, of Spencer.

They all survive as do seven grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Roger's children: daughter Karla (Todd) Blum with Amanda, Emily, Rachel and Nicholas of Harlan, Iowa, daughter, Kerri Pierce with Jacob, Clay, and Olivia of St. Ansgar, Iowa, and son, Kevin Clarke and friend, Kayla with Kennedy and Brooke, of Spencer. Barb's children: daughter Stacie (Steve) Vogelsang with Taylor, Lauren, and Marissa of Mahomet, Ill., son Chris (Christy) Hanson with Mariah, Hope. Katelyn, and Esther, of Danville, Ill., son Matt (Shannon) Hanson with Chloe, Kaysa and Ella, of St Joseph, Ill., and daughter Susan (Blake) Harvey with Cohen, of Champaign, Ill.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.