Joyce Bishop was born in Denton, Texas on January 7, 1930, to Alonzo and Ophelia Davis. The Lord took her home on September 7, 2022.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her sister, Betty Ruth Jackson (Bob); and her husband, Clyde.
She is survived by her son, David Brenholtz (Jo Beth) of Lubbock; daughter, Carol Brenholtz Puryear (Jim) of Alexandria, VA; grandchildren, John Brenholtz of Lubbock, Amy Brenholtz Davis (Tobin) of Dripping Springs; and great-grandchildren, Connor Brenholtz, Turner Davis, and Emory Davis.
What was important to her…her loving husband Clyde, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and both of her jobs. Family life was a central focus. She was both generous and thoughtful. She loved being a secretary at Devonian Elementary in Andrews and later as a legal secretary for Childs and Bishop Law firm in Odessa.
She was a loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother who had a special flair for making every occasion a memorable one. Holidays were her specialty! Exceptional food, decorations, and festivities galore. She loved to entertain. There were delightful birthday parties. Music filled the house. She was an accomplished pianist and passed her love of music on to her children by providing piano lessons, dance lessons, and even a family band. She gladly took on the challenge of being a Cub Scout den mother to a bunch of energetic boys!
Summertime meant coveted trips to the swimming pool and adventurous camping trips around the Southwest. She was an expert seamstress, making clothes and Halloween costumes for her children. Knitting seemed to roll off her fingertips producing intricately patterned sweaters and afghans.
Joyce loved traveling all over the world with Clyde. Bridge was her favorite card game, and she would give you a run for your money with Scrabble. Her yards were beautiful, brimming with her favorite flowers which she lovingly planted and tended. Her life was also filled with adored pets.
She was a charter member of Andrews Presbyterian Church and generously volunteered her time and talents to numerous organizations throughout her life. She attended the University of Arkansas as a drama major.
The family would like to offer an extra special thank you to her Comfort Keeper caregivers. They became friends with her and made her life easier, safer, and filled with genuine kindness.
Another huge thank you to her caregivers at Covenant Hospital and Calvert Home Health for their diligent care of our beloved Joyce.
Caregivers come in a lot of forms. Her United Market Street delivery family was truly a godsend to her (and Clyde) throughout the years. A heartfelt thank you specifically to Holly and Doug for always going the extra mile to care for her and Clyde. Joyce and Clyde’s lives were better because of the servant hearts of Holly and Doug.
Memorial services will be in Odessa at a later date.
We love her and we miss her. May she be at peace in God’s loving arms.
“Her children bless her; her husband praises her; ‘Many women act competently, but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:28-29
In lieu of flowers or trees, the family has designated the Lubbock SPCA for memorial contributions donated in her name.