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1943 Joyce 2012

Joyce Epperson

June 15, 1943 — July 18, 2012

Joyce E. Epperson, 69, of Washington, passed away at 9:12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 23, 2012, at Peoria First Assembly of God, with the Reverend Dean Grabill officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue in Peoria, and one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens.
Joyce was born in Peoria on June 15, 1943, the daughter of Edwin and Gertrude (Stegenga) Ott. They preceded her in death. She married John V. Epperson on April 13, 1968 at Peoria First Assembly of God. He survives.
She is also survived by her son, the Rev. Dan (Colleen) Epperson of Ione, CA; daughter, Denise (Ryan) Ballinger of Corpus Christi, TX; brothers, Randall Ott of Sacramento, CA and the Rev. Lowell (Debora) Ott of Plymouth, IN; and seven grandchildren.
Joyce was a homemaker and a lifetime member of Peoria First Assembly of God. She loved working with children, taught Sunday school and volunteered in the nursery and other various positions in the children’s department at Peoria First Assembly of God.
She enjoyed cooking, fishing, camping, shooting guns, going to garage sales, listening to Country & Western and old Gospel music, collecting China sets, and working in her flower garden.
She was devoted to her God, church, family and a host of friends. She cared for people and appreciated all of God’s creation of flowers, trees and birds. She took pleasure in the small things. She was unselfish, helpful and amazing with children.
Memorial contributions may be made in Joyce’s memory to Peoria First Assembly of God or to her son’s church, King’s View Assembly of God in Ione.

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