Joyce “Maga” Elnora Lovelace

03/04/1926 –


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  • Cemetery Service
Date: 04/13/2020
Time: 4:00 pm
 – 5:00 pm


Joyce “Maga” Elnora Lovelace passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at the age of 94. We will celebrate her life at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020, at Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park. In support of our city officials and the health of our community, no other guests will be allowed to attend the in-person event at this time. A live stream of the service is available and available for thirty days on this tribute page. You are encouraged to sign a virtual guestbook by selecting the icon and below the obituary is a place to share memories and expressions of sympathy.

Joyce Elnora was born on March 4, 1926, to W.E. “Buck” and Estel Johnson in Wills Point, Texas. She raised two sons, David and Wayne, and one daughter, Shirley. On June 21st, 1967, Joyce married Bob Lovelace in Lubbock, Texas, where she lived until her passing.

Maga, as she was called by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was known for her resourcefulness and creativity, which she passed along to everyone that knew her in one way or another. She taught her family to make the most of what they had and to create their own happiness.

Growing up during the Great Depression, she was instilled with the attitude to never waste anything needlessly. As a result, her many collections are a time capsule of days gone by, and always evoke memories from anyone curious enough to go digging in her shed. And “Maga” was always ready for the company. She had an open door for anyone that wanted to visit, and much like the customs of the 1940s and 50s, you would seldom find it locked.

She loved to decorate for any and every holiday. During her later years, wanting to get the most out of her efforts, she put her Christmas tree up in November — but ingeniously decorated it with pumpkins and scarecrows to fit the season. The “Thanksgiving Tree” became a tradition as familiar as the two elves that would appear under her Christmas trees each year, her bright and colorful Easter baskets that she loved to assemble, or her famous iced tea.

Joyce won an award in high school for writing the following short poem, which reflects the attitude she had towards living perfectly:

Yesterday was but a memory

tomorrow is, but a dream.

So make the most

of the day,

in between.

She was preceded in death by her parents, “Buck” and Estel May Johnson; husband of forty-five years, Bob Lovelace; son, David McNelly; grandchild, Tiffany McNelly Groves; two brothers, Ed Johnson, and Walter Johnson; two sisters, Doris Johnson Michael, and Lois Johnson Byrd.

Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Schleuse; son, Wayne McNelly daughter-in-law, Linda McNelly, her grandchildren, Mike, Debbie, Trisha, Angela, Jody, Denise, and Joe David; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two brothers, Jerry Johnson, and wife, Mary; Jimmy Johnson and wife, Nancy; sister-in-law, Jean Johnson; sister-in-law, Sheron Johnson, and many nieces and nephews.


The family of Joyce “Maga” Elnora Lovelace has designated  “Meals on Wheels”, for memorial contributions donated in her memory.


Graveside Service


8 thoughts on “Joyce “Maga” Elnora Lovelace”

  1. Jane Fitzgerald Matlock

    Joyce was always a delight, brightening up a room with her laughter and sense of humor. May the God of all comfort bring her family sweet memories and peace.

  2. June Fitzgerald Scott

    May God bless and comfort her family and friends in their loss. Love the sweet memories of Joyce and family. Lots of laughter with our Fitzgerald and Johnson families. Love and prayers.

  3. We will remember the good times, the laughter at gatherings, and all your stories. Go rest high on that mountain Joyce and sing with the angels. It is a blessing to know you are in the arms of Jesus in your Heavenly body free of pain and sorrows. We love you Joyce, until we meet again, Jimmie Dean an Nancy ❤️

  4. Aunt Joyce was a mentor to me and gave lot’s of wisdom for things in my life that I didn’t understand. Me and my family will miss you deeply. Debbie and I would always talk about yours and Bobs she shed. We’ve had lots of laughs thru the years. You were like a mom to me when mama (Lois ) past away. We have always had a great time and that will be missed. We know you are in a better place now. You are at peace now. You have made a lot of memories with so many people and will never be forgotten.
    We love you,
    Cal & Linda Curnter

  5. Wendy Johnson Gill

    I’m sorry that we all could not be together during this time. I want to extend my condolences, love and prayers for all our families within the Fitzgerald and Johnson family. Shirley, Debbie, Wayne and the rest of your immediate family, my heart grieves with you. I’m sorry for your loss and heartache. This extends to Aunt Sherron, Aunt Jean, Uncle Mack and Aunt Mary and my parents Jimmie and Nancy.

    We all have special memories and like everyone else, I’m just as thankful for my memories with Aunt Joyce.
    Whenever I would visit Aunt Joyce, I would always hope that she had a fresh loaf of bread, cookies or other desserts ready to eat. I loved her fresh pumpkin, banana nut or zucchini bread; she was a wonderful baker and cook.

    Like our loved ones who have gone before her, Joyce will also be sorely missed. I find comfort in knowing that she reaffirmed her faith and belief in Jesus before He took her to her new home. There’s peace in knowing that our loved ones will be waiting for us when the Lord calls each of us home.

    We send our love,
    Rick, Justin & Wendy Johnson Gill
    (Jimmie & Nancy’s 4th daughter.)

  6. Our heartfelt condolences Shirley to you and and all your family The times I met Joyce she was a fun loving lady. Full of fun and laughter. Wonderful memories you all will have. Joyce is “In God’s Keeping”

    Much Love,
    Blanca, David and Kimberly Vela

  7. Brandi Galbraith

    Shirley, Debbie and Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. Joyce was a wonderful lady that I loved dearly, she was a bright light who will be missed by many. I pray that God will wrap all of you in his comforting arms. God bless you all.

    Love always,
    Brandi Galbraith

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