Joyce (Lee) Knight, 73, passed away peacefully on October 21, 2021 at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines, IA.
Joyce was born on October 3, 1948 in Evansville, IN. She grew up in Elberfeld, IN graduating from Tecumseh High School in Lynnville, IN. Joyce met Gary Knight while attending the University of Evansville. She and Gary were married at Zion UCC in Elberfeld on Dec 7, 1968. They were married for 52 years, raised 4 children, and enjoyed many adventures together.
Joyce loved her career as a homemaker and a mother. Her greatest joy in life was her family. She was caring, kind, selfless, compassionate, and always had a warm smile. Joyce also cared greatly for animals, especially her pets. She enjoyed watching deer, birds, and turkeys at the farm that she and Gary purchased for retirement. Joyce’s hobbies included ceramics, drawing, gardening, and birdwatching as well as designing home additions and various remodeling projects.
Joyce is survived by her husband, Gary, daughters Cheryl Knight, Kim Knight, and Cindy (Jeremy) Simons all of Waukee, IA, son Bryan (Heather) Knight of Alleman, IA, grandchildren, Travis (Amber), Megan, and Kelly Knight all of South Carolina, step-grandchildren, Breanna, Trenton, and Ashlynn Simons all of Iowa, and great-grandchildren, Blakely and Abby of South Carolina. She is also survived by her sisters, Jennifer Head of Evansville, IN and Jane Ann (Danny) Carter of Chandler, IN, brother Jeffrey Lee of Boonville, IN, and numerous nieces and nephews. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Kathleen (Jenkins) Lee and Wilmer C Lee, and her brother James Lee.
The family would like to thank Arbor Springs and Suncrest Hospice for the care and kindness Joyce received while she was with them and for the support that was provided to the family.
Visitation will be held Monday, October 25, 2021 from 5 to 7 p.m. and a funeral service will be held Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., both at Ernst Funeral Home, Waukee. Interment to follow at Jordan Cemetery in West Des Moines.
Memorials may be directed in Joyce's memory to: Alzheimer's Association, 1730 28th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266, www.alz.org/iowa.
Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services of Waukee has been entrusted with Joyce's final arrangements.