The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


May 4, 2010

Marion Jewell Joyce Gardner


Jewell Gardner loved her Lord Jesus, her husband, her children, her family,

church family and her friends. She gave of her life with priorities based on

these loves.

Jewell Joyce was born on a small family farm near rural Boston, Mo. There

she played with sisters, Irma Lee, Jean, Annetta and brother, Floyd and made

a home with mother, Leah Arner Joyce and H.F. Cap Joyce. Floyd Joyce, alone,

survives his sisters and parents. In addition to her immediate family,

Jewell was blessed growing up next door to her cousin and lifelong best

friend, Ferne Brown Roberts.

Jewell was a majorette in high school and graduated from Lamar at age 16,

having been promoted rapidly through elementary years. At age 17, Jewell

gained her teaching certification from Southwest Baptist College. After

completing one year of teaching, Jewell met her lifelong love, John Gardner.

They were married when Jewell was 18 and devotedly loved with one another

for 68 years.

Jewell was active in many community endeavors and organizations throughout

her married life. Initially she was active in teaching areas and Cub Scout

work in the First Christian Church, Parsons, Kan. Later, upon relocating to

Lamar, she served in many areas: heading the Blood Mobile program for a

number of years; leading on the Sheltered Workshop Board; donating time to

the Hospital Auxiliary, the Barton County Mental Health Board, the United

Fund Board and other community efforts. Jewell was recognized for her

leadership by the Business and Professional Women¹s Club of Lamar, as their

³Woman of the Year.²

She was a very gracious lady, made many friends, was always interested in

people and wrote frequent letters and notes of encouragement to people in

need or in bereavement. Jewell also used her writing skills as social editor

for the Daily Democrat and recorded many club meetings for the newspaper.

Jewell also gave herself to young people at the Christian Church organizing

Vacation Bible School, Children¹s Choir, serving at Cyokamo Church Camp and

teaching youth in Sunday School for many years. She reached out to adults in

her church, filling the position of funeral dinner director and establishing

the Sunny Corner Sunday School Class for adults with special needs.

Although Jewell was able to lead, her greatest joy was in serving. Planting

a large garden, it was her delight to take abundant produce to the less

fortunate or aged in the community. For years she volunteered at the Lamar

Nursing Home assisting the residents each week in Bible Study time, singing

and crafts.

Jewell is survived by her husband, John Gardner; and aforementioned brother,

Floyd Joyce, of Greenfield. Also surviving are three children, Dr. John

Gardner and wife, Debbie, of Columbia, Mo., Debbie Fast and husband, Dr.

Delton Fast, of Nevada, Mo., and Susie Gardner Graham, of Lamar. Jewell was

also blessed to have nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, which

she loved dearly.

Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at Daniel Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Lamar First Christian

Church. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time in

the church fellowship hall. Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church Building Fund in

care of Daniel Funeral Home.

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