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Joyce Williams Jackson

Memorial for Joyce Williams Jackson

Born in Robstown, Texas on Jun. 20, 1945
Departed on Apr. 13, 2016 and resided in Austin,, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Apr. 22, 2016
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016
1:00 pm
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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Joyce was born June 20, 1945 in Robstown, Texas, to Mr. Olton and Alma Williams: she was the only daughter of six siblings.

She accepted Christ at an early age, at the Star of Zion Baptist Church, Robstown, Texas. She graduated from Robstown High School, and later moved to Austin, Texas. Joyce united with the St. James Missionary Baptist Church and was a very active and dedicated member over fifty plus years. She was a member of the St. James Mass Choir and the Women's Chorus which she dearly loved and served faithfully until her health began to fail. She was active in Mission 1, Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. Joyce and her husband Charles were a part of the St. James 70+ Adult Ministry.

Joyce attended Brackenridge School of Nursing where she received her LVN License. After nursing school, she was employed at Brackenridge Hospital in the OB-GYN Department. She later worked for Dr. Quander for several years and also was employed at Shoal Creek Hospital. Joyce was always determined to further her education and pursue a career change; therefore she attended Durham Business College as well as Austin Community College, where she received her Associate Degree in Business Education. While pursuing her degree she was employed at Austin Community College and worked at various campuses and departments throughout the Austin Community College District for 38 ½ years. The last department in which Joyce worked, until the Lord took her home to be with Him, was the Dental Hygiene Department at the Eastview Campus as an Administrative Assistant III.

Joyce and Charles loved to travel to Richmond, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Robstown, Texas. She always love to visit her hometown Robstown, where she could spend time with her cousins. Attending plays, movies and shopping were her passion. She would shop not only for herself but for family, friends and colleagues. While shopping if she found a good deal, she would buy all sizes because she felt like she could find someone who could wear that size and she would give it to them. Joyce was a caregiver to her brothers and any family members who needed her assistance. She was a loving and compassionate person and will be greatly missed!

Joyce was united in Holy Matrimony to Charles Jackson, the love of her life, on September 3rd, 1986 and they were the parents of one daughter and seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Shelton and Gene Williams. Joyce leaves to cherish her memories her husband Charles, daughter Monique Sessoms (Hughzell). Grandchildren: Tanecia, Lamecia, Billy Jr., N.Zhan, Kyre, Khaliya, Kia, great-grandson: Iziah. Siblings: Olton D. Bobby Williams of Austin, Texas andDowel Ray (Lillie) of San Antonio, Texas. A host of nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

A Tribute to Dear Aunt Joyce
Romans 13:8 Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the Law.
My Aunt Joyce operated in love….she was all about loving and supporting family, and from the first time that me and my siblings began spending time in her presence I could feel that she was amazingly genuine—a gentle soul that loved to love on people and animals. Genuine in the sense that she was purposefully kind to us every time our dad took us with him to visit her—she was so welcoming and greeted us with a loving smile every time. She was inherently gentle, and as the years passed it never weaned. Aunt Joyce was a daddy's girl and often times when I was visiting with my grandparents she would come to visit. I watched as she walked through the front door, and the moment she laid eyes on her daddy, her smile would light-up all the more. She absolutely adored her parents. Seeing the love and respect that she poured out to them made me so happy to be in their company. Soon I began to notice the special consideration she took when taking care of Grandma. I loved watching her care for Grandma –she took care of Grandma with such patience and reverence. As I watched, I smiled because I could see that Grandma felt so much love from her baby girl making a loving fuss about her wellbeing. Even when she was noticeably tired she still operated in patience and her smile hardly, weaned even in her tiredness. Aunt Joyce became the family monarch after Granddaddy and Grandma passed away. She was so diligent in overseeing all of the family business, yet taking time to spend quality time with family and friends, and caring for her doggies. Aunt Joyce greeted everybody with a genuine smile whether she knew you or not. Both people and dogs were drawn to her loving spirit. As the years went by and I grew older, I began to appreciate just how much my relationship with my Aunt Joyce brightened my life. For years, I looked forward to spending time with her, I just loved being around her. We would go to movies, family reunions, church events, and on shopping trips together. I especially enjoyed when she would take Grandma on long car rides. We had some kind of fun! Aunt Joyce was not only my aunt, she was my friend and reliable confidant all in one. I am so blessed to have had such a loving relationship with her. Throughout the years, I watched so many family members rely on her for extraordinary support, and as well as being the caregiver to some of her dear friends with such compassion. I would often see a concerned look on her face as she talked about helping family and friends in need. I watched her embrace the gift of sharing and caring for others so willingly and compassionately. Aunt Joyce rarely entertained the thought of taking time to rest and spend more time taking care of herself. And now in her illness, Aunt Joyce is on the minds and hearts of loved ones whose lives she enriched so significantly through the years. When I visited with her in the hospital, I was greeted with her genuine smile. I could see that she was tired, and each time I visited it became a relevant spiritual awakening. I watched and prayed as my Aunt Joyce began to make her transition to depart from this life. I prayed for a miracle! I wanted so much to have her with us for a while longer. It never entered the minds of many of us that she would be leaving us so soon! I began thinking about all the wonderful time I spent in her presence, and clinging to the right now time! Once I began to accept that Father God was preparing for her to depart this life, I witnessed some remarkable things as I visited with her. The first visit was "Sublime" as we said to each other 'I love you." The second visit was "Moving" because when she smiled at me it took me back to when she first smiled at me when I was just a young girl. The third visit was "Incredible" as I sat beside her and watched her smiling. At that moment I thought that she must be talking to Jesus! I sat there humming a song and rubbing on her arm. She turned to me and asked what song was I humming, and I replied "I am so Satisfied With my Savior." Again she smiled and closed her eyes.
The fourth visit felt Lifelong as I realized that my Aunt Joyce was no longer able to talk and in a deep sleep, and that her demise was near.
The fifth visit was Emotional as I looked at the physical body of my genuinely loving sweet Aunt Joyce for the final time. I began to pray and thank Our Creator Father God for blessing us with such a loving soul who lived her loving and caring for others with grace and humility!
Aunt Joyce you have departed from this life but will forever be present in our minds and hearts. Our lives have been richer and more fulfilling with you in it! I am aspiring to be the kind of aunt to my nieces and nephews that you had always been to me. You will always be remembered as a forever SMILE! We Love You and Miss You More!
Most Lovingly and Sincerely,
Your Niece, Charlotte

Services entrusted to Dr. Barry J. W. Franklin, CFSP and A Life Celebration by Franklin, Taylor Texas.

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