Joy Ann Flowers

Joy Ann (Joyner) Flowers, age 81, peacefully passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at her home in Waco after a long illness.

Service Information: Joy’s final wishes included cremation and no public viewing. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm, Thursday, May 10, with funeral services at 4:00 pm, Friday, May 11, both at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, in Waco, Texas, with Rev. Richard Roland officiating. Family and friends are welcome to a gathering with light refreshments in the reception room immediately following the service.

She was born in Tarbox, near Reagan, Texas, “on the hottest day of the year,” August 1, 1936, to Andrew “A.C.” and Mildred (Herridge) Joyner. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Charles Higdon, Wesley Glass and Nolan Flowers, and sister Wanda (Joyner) Wilson.

A proud Bulldog, she graduated from Marlin High School in 1954, and set off on her life’s adventures. Joy was an adventurous and strongly individual woman in an era when that was not the norm. She loved traveling, counting San Francisco and “any cruise ship” as her favorites.

She was a worker, and was so most of her life–from working the fields as a youngster, to her “first real job” at The Palace Theater in Marlin, to her retirement in 2000 after long service as courtroom deputy district clerk for a federal judge. She greatly enjoyed catching up with old friends at reunions of the folks from Rocketdyne in McGregor. She loved the great friends she made for life from church, work, bowling, singing with the Sweet Adelines, and her long devotion to the Daughters of the Nile.

In her retirement, Joy delighted in playing cards “with the girls,” loved her shows, and volunteered with Meals on Wheels through Lakewood Christian Church, where she was a member for over fifty years. She was a “quiet Christian,” firmly resolved in her beliefs and solid in her faith.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Glass and andrew flowers and his partner Noémie Bonnet; stepson, Larry Flowers; stepdaughter, Cindy Roberts and her husband Jerry; brother, Robert Joyner and sister-in-law Diane; brother, Mack Joyner and sister-in-law Brenda; and brother-in-law, Ben Ed Wilson. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, step grand, great grand, and great-great grandchildren, as well as cherished friends.

The family expresses their heartfelt appreciation to Bluebonnet Hospice, especially Kelsey Hernandez, Nikki McQuay, Laurie Williams; special thanks to Krystal Price; and to the friends who kept a smile on her face.

In lieu of flowers or donations to a specific charity, the family requests those interested to donate to charities and organizations of their choosing, in the name of Joy Flowers.

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. You have my deepest sympathy and condolences.

    Jeff Darby (son of Ron, grandson of Leona)
    Nederland, Texas

  2. Dear Family of Joy Flowers,
    The Bluebonnet Hospice Family is thinking of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    May God bless and keep you,
    The Owner and Staff of Bluebonnet Health Services (Hospice)

  3. Donna Kinard Pierson

    My deepest sympathy . Joy was a special person for whom I have many fond memories from Reagan elementary school on through life.

  4. JoJoy was aptly named. She always made me smile. She was like everyone’s mother. I never spent a great deal of time with her or Mr. Flowers but she made me feel special and always seemed so pleased to see me . The world was a better place with her around .

  5. Sherry Keener

    Mike and family,
    My deepest sympathy ….Joy was a great “joy” to know and just to be around. Loved her dearly. She will be deeply missed. May God bless!

  6. I do remember her and your mom being so close. Sorry for your loss

  7. Condolences to Joy’s family. She was a great lady and a good friend and colleague at the courthouse. She will be missed.

  8. Angela Tekell

    Joy was my rock in a very difficult time in my life. Whoever wrote the obituary did a beautiful job of capturing Joy’s strength, courage and independent spirit. I could always trust Joy to speak her mind, but then, be available to listen and support. Although I worked with Joy over 25 years ago, she had a significant impact on my life. My deepest sympathies for the loss of such a strong woman.

  9. Russell and Nancy Brackeen

    Condolences to Joy’s family. My mother informed me of her passing today. My prayers are with everyone.

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