Jennie Lois Joyce Sherman, 94, of Carrollton, passed away on Saturday, November 8, 2008.
Jennie Lois Joyce was born in Cole, MO, on December 21, 1913, to Walker Presley Joyce and Bertha Margaret Woods Joyce. She was the oldest of three children. Her parents and two brothers, Alton Joyce and Wayne Joyce, preceded her in death.
While growing up in Henry County and in high school, she taught piano lessons to local children. She taught through the summers to earn enough money to finance her education during the fall and winter at UCM, then Central Missouri State Teachers College. She received a Bachelor of Science in education with an emphasis in music.
While teaching school in Grand Pass, MO, she met and married Francis Fredrick "Jack" Sherman of Grand Pass. They were married on May 25, 1950, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After their marriage they moved into and became residents of Carroll County where they farmed. He preceded her in death on February 18, 1983.
To this union came two children. Gaylyn Alexander of Carrollton, MO, and Loralee Sherman of Lakeland, FL. Along with being a wife and mother, Lois went back to teaching and then retired after 16 years in Wakenda. While teaching in Wakenda, she took advantage of the first available PA system in the county to put on musical plays that she called "operettas."
After living through the Great Depression and the World Wars, she became interested in tracing her genealogy, which began as a hobby and became a lifelong passion. She traced her family history in several genealogical societies to include National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, American Colonists, Daughters of the Union, Daughters of the Colonial War, Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Mayflower Descendants, Magna Charta Dames, Colonial Order of the Crown and Sovereign Colonial Society Americans of Royal Descent. Lois was instrumental in forming local chapters for the Children of the American Revolution, Children of the Confederacy as well as assisting anyone who needed help in tracing their family history.
She believed in her Country and as well as her community. Lois was a member of the Carroll County Historical Society, Carroll County Genealogical Association, a member of the Carrollton County Club and the Carrollton Area Chamber of Commerce. She believed that maintaining a membership helps to keep your community alive.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at Slater City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Carrollton Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution thru Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton.
They may be left at or mailed to Gibson Funeral Home, 201 S. Main, Carrollton, MO 64633.
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