Joyce Ruth Yard, 85, of Morrisonville passed away at 7:00a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.  She was born on January 19, 1933 in Palmer, the daughter of Harris Leroy and Doris Marguerite (Durbin) Nichols.  Joyce retired in 1998 from the State of Illinois DCFS.  She enjoyed bowling playing cards, and lately, playing Bingo.  More than anything she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.  

Joyce is survived by her children: David Yard (Becky) of Harvel, John Yard (Rondi) of Chandler, Arizona, Michael Yard (Rafaelita) of Tunis, Tunisa, Joy Smith (Rick) of Pana, Susan Fox (Kenny) of Girard, Jim Yard (Companion, Dale) of Fenton, Missouri, George Yard (Debbie) of Taylorville, and Peggy Durbin (Randy) of Morrisonville; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; 2 brothers, 1 sister, several nieces and nephews, and her beloved cat Simba.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a great-great grandchild, and 2 brothers.

Joyce will be cremated, and no services will be held at this time.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 


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