Joyce Whitehead

Joyce Anne Whitehead

Thursday, June 16th, 1949 - Monday, September 14th, 2020
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Joyce Anne Whitehead, 71, DeSoto, Kansas passed away Monday, September 14, 2020 at her home. Celebration of Life will be 11:00 am Saturday, September 19, 2020 at DeSoto United Methodist Church, 8760 Kill Creek Rd, De Soto, Kansas 66018. Inurnment will be at Stoehr Elmdale Cemetery, Elmdale, Kansas on September 26, 2020 at 11:00 am. Memorials may be made to De Soto United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left at Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, Kansas 66030. (913) 856-7111.

Joyce was born June 16, 1949 to Edwin Gillette and Dorothy Grace (Willey) Giger in Elmdale, Kansas. Joyce grew up in Elmdale and graduated from Elmdale High School in 1967. She attended Emporia State University and Ottawa University. On June 23, 1968 Joyce married Robert “Bob” D. Whitehead in Elmdale, Kansas. They recently celebrated 52 years of marriage. Joyce and Bob lived in Osawatomie, Prairie Village, Overland Park and then De Soto in 2000. She was HR manager for Sprint in Overland Park, Kansas for 25 years before retiring in 2014. Joyce was a very active member of the De Soto United Methodist Church. She was an accomplished photographer and enjoyed playing Bridge and Bunco as well as watching birds. Joyce is remembered as joyous, vibrant and a faithful follower of God. Her passion for God’s love was evident in her relationships with her family and many friends. Joyce especially adored her seven grandchildren. She cherished time she spent with her family, faithfully capturing joyful moments with her love of photography.

Joyce is preceded in death by her father Edwin Giger and sister Alice McDaniel. She is survived by her husband Bob of the home; mother Dorothy Giger of Elmdale, Kansas; daughters: Chellie and husband Jeff Brady, Kansas City, Missouri, Lisa and husband Bobby Berbiglia, Kansas City, Missouri and Lori and husband Brian Glenski, Prairie Village, Kansas; grandchildren: Ashton, Riley, Shelby, Tanyon, Beatrice, Vivien and Ayden; brother Alan Giger, Elmdale, Kansas; sister Debbie Irby, Valley Center, Kansas and brother-in-law Mike McDaniel, Longmont, Colorado.
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 11:00am
    De Soto United Methodist Church
    8760 Kill Creek Rd
    DE SOTO, KS 66018
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  • Interment

    Stoehr Elmdale Cemetery
    Middle Creek Road
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    September 26, 2020 at 11:00 am


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Joy Worthy

Posted at 05:50pm
Joycie was special in every way. A true earth angel. I’m so blessed to call her a dear & cherished friend. Prayers & hugs to Bob, & the family. May God comfort you & help you find peace. Love all of you! 😘
JOY! & Roy


Posted at 06:18pm
My deepest sympathy and God's peace to Joyce's family. She was a special lady and her smile was contagious. We worked together for many years at Sprint and not long after her retirement, she photographed our daughter's wedding. Blessings to all of you as you mourn her loss, but she is now living in God's grace in Heaven, in the arms of Jesus.

Linda Wallace

Peggy Carmichael

Posted at 03:47pm
I am so glad to have seen Joyce at our cousin reunion in June! I will always cherish the smiles, laughter, fun - just plain "happiness" whenever we were together. Sending lots of love and hugs to all of you.

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