Linda (Joyce) Smith Athey

Linda (Joyce) Smith Athey, 73, Eudora died on Tuesday morning Feb. 21, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Ottawa, KS, on April 19, 1943 the daughter of Paul C. and Sylvia Smith. She graduated from Lawrence High School.

Joyce was a volunteer at LMH. She met James Lee Athey, They were married on November 20, 1962. He survives of the home.

She worked for a period of time for Jane Bateman as a drapery maker. She also worked at Davol Inc., were she worked on the Sani-Spec line for 13 years. She enjoyed baking, crocheting and sewing. Joyce also enjoyed spending time with her church family. She was an avid reader of the bible and many different commentaries. She loved her church family greatly. She also helped serve dinner for L.I.N.K. for the homeless at First Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her granddaughter Lisa Dawn Athey.

Joyce is survived by her husband James, son Shawn and wife Melissa, daughters Gwen and husband Bill Mallot, Alexia and husband Paul Maben. Six grandchildren; Tabitha, Dianna, Jessica, Collyn, Alexis and Darrell; sister Annie (Elaine) Hetschel, AZ; brother Steven D. Smith, WA.

A visitation will take place Thursday evening from 6-8 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 am Friday, February 24, 2017, at Southside Church of Christ, following the services will be the graveside service at Memorial Park Cemetery. Dinner will follow back at the church.

We would like to thank LMH pain and palliative care services, Intensive care unit/ 2 East, many doctors, and Grace Hospice for the merciful care provided to Joyce in her time of need.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Memorial Hospital ICU Unit or Grace Hospice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Paige Heck...

So sorry for your loss Jim, may you and your family lean on the Lord through this and gain peace and strength from Him.

From Ms. F. Taylor...

Sincere Condolences To The Athey Family,
Sometimes, the loss of a love one can be unbearable. Almighty God knows your pain and how difficult death can be. So lean on him and he will give you and your family the strength and comfort, that’s needed for sad times like this. 2 Corinthians 1:3.
With Heartfelt Regret,

From Bradley Goff...

Condolences and prayers to one of the sweetest families that I have ever known.

From carie booth...

I am so sorry to hear this. My heart breaks. I have many memories of spending the night at the house with Gwen and talking with joyce as a teen. Prayers for the family through this trying time.

From Porter...

Sending prayers and condolences to the family. I am co-worker of Melissa’s.

From Kurt von Achen...

So sorry for your loss. I have always highly valued our friendship.

From Sue Maben Shieh...

I am very sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing; I enjoyed when we spent time together in the past, she was friendly and laughed often. Thinking of you and all the Athey family.

From Judy Myer...

So sorry for your loss of a wife, mother and grandmother. May God be with all of you at this time of loss. Hold on to all your memories as this will help you through this time of gif. We have been neighbors for many years.

From Dale & Susan Carnagie...

So very sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. She was a very sweet lady and always spoke when we saw her. Our prayers to all of you.

From Bob and Vickie Dingman...

So sorry to learn of Joyce’s death.
She was a great friend and neighbor.
May your many memories give you peace and smiles.

From Joan Hahn...

I am so sad for the Athey family. Joyce was a kind person with a good heart.

From Cherrie Lawrence-Lindsey...

Thing of you all at this time. Joyce was a wonderful woman with a beautiful heart.

From Lily Yu...

Please accept my sincere condolences. Lifting your family up in prayer.

From Marilyn Bourgeois...

My deepest sympathies for your loss. May The Lord give you peace and strength.

From Gary Wheeler...

Thoughts and prayers, remembering her from Davol

From Shannon Bond...

Praying for your family.

From Theresa Abel...

I’m so sorry for your loss.
I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

From Cam & Cheryl Davis...

Jim, Shawn, Gwen, Alexia and family, Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to you. May you feel surrounded by God’s love and comforted by the many memories family & friends share.
So sorry we are unable to be with you in your time of grief.

From Sherry Wealthall...

So very sorry for your loss. Loved working with Joyce at Davol years ago. And visiting with her again on 2 East. May your memories comfort you at this time.

From Dianna wiggins...

my deepest sympathy

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