Joyce J. Markham, 93, died unexpectedly at her home in Belmond on Oct. 31, 2020. Services were held Nov. 5 at Ewing Funeral Home in Belmond, with Pastor Leila Blackburn officiating. Burial was at the Belmond Cemetery.
Joyce Joan was born Oct. 17, 1927 to Roy and Eva (Thiel) McClure at the Evangelical Deaconess Hospital in Marshalltown. She grew up in the State Center area and later moved to Belmond, graduating from Belmond High School with the Class of 1947.
Joyce was united in marriage with Donald Victor Markham on Oct. 18, 1947. They made their home west of Belmond where they lived out most of their lives. They moved to town in July of 2014.
When she was younger, Joyce worked at The Mello Maid and at Ted’s Shoe Store on Main Street until the tornado in 1966. Later, she was a meter reader for the R.E.C. for many years, traveling around Wright County.
Joyce was very active on the farm, working alongside Donald, running the combine in the fall, raising livestock, collecting and deliv- ering eggs, and butchering chickens and turkeys. She was passionate about promoting beef, traveling to national conventions and National Beef Cook-offs as a member of the Iowa Beef Industry Council and President of the Cowbelles for many years (later known as the Cattlewomens Association). She coordinated the beef booth at the Iowa State Fair for over 25 years, serving up and promoting beef samples to fair goers.
Joyce enjoyed gardening, canning and planting her flower garden in her earlier years. Later, she spent her time sewing, crafting, quilting and crocheting blankets. She loved sharing her patterns. She collected teapots from friends and also on her various adventures. Her collection grew to over 300 teapots, which she displayed proudly. You could often find her reading farm magazines and newspapers to keep up on the farming reports, along with recipe magazines. She was well known for her cooking and baking, especially lemon meringue pie.
Joyce and Donald wintered in Apache Junction, AZ for 35 years, traveled to England to visit Donald’s family, and to Hawaii. She looked forward to TexMex at Cattlemans every Thursday night in Belmond, and when in Arizona, it was Garcia’s, meeting friends and catching up.
Joyce was an active member of the Belmond United Methodist Church where she served on the funeral and wedding committees for many years. She was a member of the Belmond Women’s Auxiliary, and treasured the friendships she had made in her craft club.
Joyce will be remembered as a loving grandmother and great-grand- mother. Her great-grandchildren were the joy of her life. She loved the time she had to cuddle and spoil them. She had a special basket for them to grab trinkets and always kept ice cream for them to enjoy.
She fought through five cancer surgeries and was proud to boast she was healthy as an ox. At 93, she was strong-willed, independent and not going anywhere soon. She drove herself to Arizona every winter.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband; son Douglas James Markham; and her brothers Donavon McClure, Robert McClure and Max McClure.
Joyce is survived by her daughter Rebecca Markham-Anderberg; grandson Jordan Daniels; great-grandchildren Jade, Zane and Shay Daniels, all of Belmond; and her sister Mary Ellen (Gene) Ersland of Menominee, MI.