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Joyce Kee

February 8, 1953 ~ March 1, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old

Joyce Kee Obituary

Joyce Elain Kee born February 8, 1953 (1st of twins destined to be the Boss from here on out) died in Paris Tennessee on March 1,2024. She had just celebrated her 71st birthday.

When trying to come up with words to describe Joyce Kee, there are several that come to mind.  Hardworking, nice, friendly, loving, competitive, motivated, direct, honest, caring, stubborn, are a few that quickly come to mind. A lucky few of us got to call her family. She was our Sis and Aunt JoJo, but I had the honor of calling her Mom. Even better than that, my boys got to call her Granny. Yet that still doesn’t quite do it. I think the best word to describe Joyce would be Dedicated. She was dedicated to so many people and things over the years. She always gave her best to whomever or whatever she was near.

After graduating from Dyersburg High School, she passed up going to college to play women’s Basketball. She dedicated the next several years to the Texas Cowgirls. Traveling state to state playing 160 games a year. If that’s not the epitome of dedication I don’t know what is. She became captain of the team and was known for her hook shots and blindfolded free throws.

After returning home she dedicated the next 20+ years to Colonial Rubber. She was never afraid of hard work. All those double shifts she pulled turned into wonderful memories for her and her family.

She was dedicated to building lasting memories for all of us. I can remember camping at Spring River, to Ball Stadiums across the country, to visiting Niagara Falls. It didn’t matter where we were going or what we were doing as long as we were doing it together. She was always working hard to take us on our next adventure.
Her summers were dedicated to the pitcher’s mound. She loved playing softball and was one heck of a batter too. She could knock the cover off that ball! She would snatch a line drive right out of thin air and make a double play before anyone even knew where the ball was.

When she wasn’t on the diamond, she was dedicated to family time. This was mostly poolside.  Not just any pool though we were at the Holiday Inn. It was always empty unlike the community pool, because let’s face it nobody vacationed to Dyersburg in the summer. Oh yeah and they had poolside room service with a Bar! If we weren’t at the pool, we were fishing. If we weren’t fishing, we were eating at one of the sister’s houses. Where there was food, there was family, it was always exciting. It usually ended in a poker game or two.

She spent her retirement years dedicated to all the things that she loved. Gardening, cooking,canning, fishing, watching sports, spending time with family, playing games, playing poker anytime family gathered. She was dedicated to being the best Granny ever and teaching her grandbabies all her hobbies, even poker.

The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life in Newbern TN on Saturday the 9th at 2:00pm and would love for any family and friends to gather and share some food and stories of times gone by. Information available upon request.
In addition to her Parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Roy Chandler, Kenneth Stewart, and Donnie Stewart, nephew Greg Chandler as well as two sisters Marth Hall and her twin Delores Stewart. She has gone to rejoice in their company.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, one Daughter Tricia Carlisle “Tootie” (Kory) of Eva Tennessee, one brother James Stewart (Barbara) of Missouri, two sisters Mary Katherine Stewart “Kay” of New Jersey and Patricia Ann Lee of Eva Tennessee, She was Granny to Zachary Carlisle and Sylas Carlisle of Eva Tennessee, Aunt Jojo Joyce to Neice Debbie Ware(Tim) and Susan Chandler Bellucci (Mark), Nephews Frankie Stewart, Eddie Stewart, William Harness (Jennifer), and Hunter Lee, and she was Great Aunt Jojo to Abigail Ware.

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