Joyce never met a stranger and took so much pride in everything she did. Whether it be working for the 64th District Court System as a Court Administrator for many years to working as a church secretary. She was always looking for something to stimulate her not only intellectually but also creatively. You could always tell where she was by the stacks of crosswords puzzles, James Michener books, or home improvement magazines. She could look at any magazine and duplicate any picture of a room that was decorated to the hilt. If she wanted to paint an entire room in a totally different paint scheme – you better not stand in her way. Once she set her mind to something – it became reality. She also had an uncanny knack of throwing together anything and everything in her cupboard and refrigerator to create the most delicious dishes. Which was a must with four kids!!! She loved every type of music. She was able to fulfill a dream of listening to the Santa Fe Opera and she loved to dance.
In her final days, she fought a hard battle against a disease that was beyond her control. A blood transfusion back before there were screening tests resulted in her contracting Hepatitis C, which lead to cirrhosis of the liver. But she led a very blessed life for 30 years with the disease, which is a testament to all.
Survivors include her husband, Tommy Alexander; children, Kim Peterson and husband, Gary, Lori Walraven and husband, Tracy, Corey Caldwell and his girlfriend, Vera Gutierrez, Mike Caldwell and wife, Yvonne; grandchildren, Justin Caldwell, Jennifer Crosthwait and husband, Paul, Kyle Caldwell and wife, Kaylee, Mitch Walraven, Courtney Barker, Samatha Caldwell, Stacy Gumula and husband, Halston; great-grandchildren, Arleigh Grant, Rylan Grant, MaKentlee Caldwell, Addyson Caldwell, and Charlotte Crosthwait.
She was preceded in death by her parents, J R and Vera Laverne Hodges, and Donald Kent ”Deacon” Caldwell, her first husband.
Memorial contributions are welcome and the family suggests, Morris Safe House Foundation, 3240 Nightingale Rd, Lubbock, TX 79407, www.morrissafehouse.org; or Hospice of Lubbock, 3702 21st St, Lubbock, TX 79410, www.hospiceoflubbock.org.