Joyce Williams, 90, of Jackson, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at her residence. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson with Pastor Eunice Woodberry officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Friday. Burial will take place following the service at Riverside Cemetery in Jackson.
Joyce M. Williams passed away at her home on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Funeral services will be at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 1, with Pastor Eunice Woodberry officiating. Burial will take place after the service at Jackson Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Osterberg Funeral Home of Jackson is handling the arrangements.
Joyce Williams was born August 22, 1929 in Jackson to Joseph and Angie (Benjamin) Verchota. She was baptized and confirmed at First Presbyterian, attended schools in Jackson and graduated from Jackson High School in 1947. After business college she worked in the twin cities for the Great Northern Railroad. Joyce married Russell Williams in 1967 and at that time returned to Jackson. She was executive assistant to the plant manager at Univac in Jackson and later Joyce and Russ worked side by side guiding the Jackson County Livewire into a thriving, community focused business. Joyce enjoyed friendship and get-togethers with the “DIPS”, a group of present and former Livewire employees. Russ and Joyce sold the Livewire in 1984 and began spending winters at their home in Clinton, Arkansas and summers at a cottage on Big Spirit Lake, fishing and enjoying time with friends. They enjoyed life together until his passing in 2000 and since then he was never out of her thoughts. Joyce was an avid card player, sports fan of the Vikings and Twins, and a passionate follower of college basketball. Her family cherished her common sense, resilience, and sense of humor. She loved visiting and was a great listener.
Joyce is survived by her loving stepfamily: John and Joy Williams; grandchildren Jennifer Williams and Neal Williams and great grandson Emmet Williams. She is survived by brother Dick Verchota; nephews Steve (Pam) Verchota and Rick (Janella) Verchota and niece Michelle Verchota. She considered her closest friend, Janet Dys, a daughter.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Russ and sister-in-law Carolyn Verchota.