NEWMAN GROVE — Services for Joyce Anderson, 83, of Newman Grove will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Looking Glass United Methodist Church with burial in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Newman Grove Memorial Funeral Home.
She died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at the Newman House, Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home, in Newman Grove.
Joyce was born May 16, 1930, the second child of Fred and H. Caroline (Nordgren) Stone. She was raised all her childhood years on the farm near Lindsay that was homesteaded by Fred Stone’s father in 1870.
Joyce was a lifetime member of Looking Glass United Methodist Church. She was confirmed in 1944 by the Rev. Norman Smitheram. She attended school at District 40, rural Lindsay, to the tenth grade and graduated from Newman Grove High with the class of 1947.
After normal training in high school, she became a teacher. She taught one year at District 47, Platte County, and then enjoyed teaching at District 40 from the fall of 1947 to the spring of 1951.
On July 23, 1950, Joyce married Willis Anderson at Joyce’s home. To this union four children were born, two of whom died in infancy. They made their home on a farm southwest of Lindsay until 1960 when they moved to a farm seven miles north of Newman Grove. In 2010, Joyce and son Rick accepted the Nebraska Pioneer Family 100-year award for Anderson Farms.
Joyce was not only busy supporting the farming industry with husband Willis, but was very involved in many other activities over the years. Activities included United Methodist Women, where she has held numerous offices, secretary of Looking Glass United Methodist Administration Council, Sing-A-Long at MNLH from 1978 to 2012, Bloodmobile telephone recruiter, Federated Women’s Club secretary, Neighborhood Club, Looking Glass United Methodist Church pianist since elementary school years, Looking Glass Sunday school teacher and superintendent, 4-H leader and Red Hats.
She worked at the Mid-Nebraska Lutheran Home from 1979 to 2012. Joyce had many hobbies. First was her passion as family historian. She had written family histories for the Stone family, Nordgren family and Anderson family. Other hobbies included making quilts and numerous embroidered projects. Travel included trips to Hawaii, Scandinavia, Israel, Canada and throughout the U.S.
Family was always a priority, and she attended as many special events as possible where her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews were involved.
Survivors include daughter Bonita Anderson Peters and husband Richard Peters, Sarasota, Fla.; son Rick Anderson and wife Kim, Newman Grove; six grandchildren, Dave Kamrath and wife Kelly, North Port, Fla., Bethany Moye and husband Chip, Orlando, Fla., Jordan Anderson and wife Kristi, Lincoln, Travis Anderson and wife Natalie, Peoria, Ill., Whitney Matson and husband John, Omaha, Mandy Scott and husband Kade, Elmwood; 11 grandchildren, Cody Kamrath, Brandon MacDonald, Maren, Myles and Mason Moye, Carson and Conner Anderson, Alexa and Broolyn Anderson, Brooks Matson and Sutton Scott; sisters La-Rene Kornopasek, Betty Sharp, Janice Grousd; and brother Merle Stone and wife Ruth; sister-in-law Shirley Stone; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Willis, two infant daughters and brother Leil Stone, nephews Delayne Stone and Larry Sharp.
Joyce will be deeply missed by her family and her many friends.