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Joyce Marie Hawkins


Joyce Marie Hawkins died September 26, 2022, in Pasadena, Texas, at the age of 89 years 7 months 26 days. Services were held Monday, October 3, 2022, at Wadley’s Chapel. Interment followed at Washington Cemetery in Washington, Oklahoma, entrusted to the care of Wadley’s Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made, and service livestreamed at www.wadleysfuneralservice.com

Joyce was born January 31, 1933, to Leroy and Nina Katheryn (Plaster) Hawkins in San Bernardino, California. She was raised on the family farm in Purcell and graduated from Washington High School in 1951.

She married Vernon Wilson in 1952 at Woody Chapel Community Church. The couple was married for five years before Vernon’s untimely passing. During those years they had two daughters, Diane and Teresa. Joyce then married Doug Hopkins in 1958 and were together nine years, before they parted ways. Joyce become a stepmother to two children during this time. In 1969, Joyce married Virgil Wheatley.  They had a daughter, Mindy. Joyce gained two children during this marriage as well. Joyce and Virgil parted ways in 1987.

During her high school years, Joyce was an athlete and lettered in both softball and basketball. Over her years, she held numerous jobs in a variety of professional fields including medical, dental, real estate, insurance, clerical, secretarial. She worked for the Oklahoma State University in the education and veterinary departments.

Joyce enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, and even visited Europe when she was given the opportunity to go to Switzerland. She has lived on both the East and West coasts and has resided in several cities in Oklahoma and Texas, most recently in Pasadena, Texas with her daughter, Teresa.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy and Nina Katheryn Hawkins; her husband, Vernon Wilson; her brothers, Kenneth Hawkins and Gerald Hawkins; and her sister, Katherine Sue Lee.

Survivors include her daughters, Diane Zander and husband, David, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Teresa Shrum and husband, John, of Pasadena, Texas, Mindy Alley and husband, Shane, of Mulhall, Okla.; her brother, Bobby Hawkins and wife, Clara, of Purcell, Okla.; her sister, Linda Burton and husband, Don, of Purcell; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.