Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012 4:01 pm
Juanita “Joyce” Parker (formerly Polsgrove) passed from this life Oct. 17, 2012, at age 77.
In wellness, if you were with Joyce, she was making sure you were laughing. Because of her spirit and intentional living, Joyce had few disappointments in life. Whatever struggle came her way (and there were plenty of them), she always managed to find silver linings in those clouds and exemplified finding-the-good. In health, Joyce was a woman of integrity; she was truthful, ethical and did what was right and kind.
Joyce began her family as she married John Polsgrove in 1953. The couple began their life’s journey living where the Air Force sent them. Following three kids and four years in Japan, the couple enter civilian life and made their home in Texas. When the couple split, Joyce headed for Dallas along with her daughter, all-the-while John moved to Fort Worth, with their sons.
Professionally, Joyce worked for McCrary Egg Company in Amarillo, Texas, until the family left for Japan. Then, upon returning to the states, she worked for LTV in Greenville and switched to Collins Radio, (AKA E-Systems) where Rocky Sanders her boss, brought her from a secretary to the drafting team, launching her career.
Joyce began drafting as an illustrator, then draftsman and, lastly, designer in electronic schematic design, working primarily integrated circuits on around the clock drafting teams. Joyce mostly spent her years in design of integrated circuits for calculators and toys. She loved what she did.
Joyce was very active in her life. She walked six miles every day. She was always about people, so Mom would rally those folks living in her apartment complex to get out and walk with her three miles in the morning and three miles in the evening. She was a long time member and active volunteer for the Dallas Chapter of Parents without Partners, and the Dallas Motor Raceway. Joyce loved Road Rally events and the fellowship of the members and it’s activities. She served in most every office and was always willing to be a worker for dances, seminars, luncheons and wherever she was needed. She served on raceway teams bringing drag racing events as ticket sells, or crowd control, or wherever she could serve the event team.
In the years surrounding and following 2007, the heart-breaking nature of Alzheimer’s disease struck the hearts of her friends and loved ones; yet, those who trust in Christ live differently, because our hope is not in what is seen, but rather, our hope is in the joys of tomorrows with God and the Body of Christ, in Glory. So, even though, Alzheimer’s disease snatched away so much of what we all knew Joyce to be, that sad alteration at the ending of her life, could never offset the generous spirit of what she was in health. So much so that we feel this final journey Mom, Joyce, Grandmommie took into the City of God caused us to smile. It was always in God’s heart for Joyce and each one of us, to join Him, as He God longs to welcome every single one of us into Heaven, when He saw Jesus carrying Mom into Heaven’s city gates, we imagine God standing to His feet applauding because after all, Mom lived out goodness against great and swift currents and obstacles in her life; we saw the love of Christ through our mother.
Heaven was Mom’s reward, her perfect gift from God. We were happy for goodness to shine and warm her. Now, Mom was in a place free from sorrow.
Joyce is survived by two sons, Jac and Bill Polsgrove; a daughter, Terre Wade; two grandsons, Ben Wade and Andy Polsgrove; one sister, Jean Bell; and two brothers Edgar and Pete Parker.
A memorial and inurnment service will be held at Art United Methodist Church, 7300 State Hwy. 29 Mason, Texas, on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. A memorial service in Union City will follow on Nov. 2, 2012, at 6 p.m. at Union City First Christian Church, located at 603 South Second St.
Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors in Odessa, Texas.
Published in The Messenger 10.22.12