RINGLING — Funeral services for Joyce Ruth (Richardson) Thomas, 84, of Ringling are scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Ringling Church of Christ with Brian McGahey officiating. Interment will follow at the Ringling Memorial Cemetery. Services are under the direction and care of Alexander Funeral Home of Ringling.
Joyce was born on March 19, 1932, at Grady to the late Samuel Hudgeon Richardson and Mary Ethel (Austin) Richardson. She departed this life Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at a healthcare facility in Ardmore.
Joyce was raised in Grady attending school at Ringling, graduating high school in 1950. She moved to Oklahoma City where she became employed within a bank. While carpooling back home to visit, she was introduced to AJ Thomas. She and Jay fell in love and were united in marriage on Aug. 30, 1958, at Del City. They moved to Texas and settled in Greenville, Texas, for several years. During these years, Joyce devoted her work to her household and family. When the kids were grown, she decided to fulfill a lifelong goal of becoming a nurse and began attending nursing school. She was an excellent student and quickly received her LPN certification.
Joyce worked at the Ringling Nursing Home caring for the residents. She served as a nurse and when she received her certification for Nursing Home Administration, she began serving as the Administrator. She was employed at the Ringling Nursing Home for several years retiring in 2002.
During her years as a nurse and administrator, Joyce would volunteer her vacations to serving as the camp nurse at all the Carter County Citizens Camp for the less advanced mental and physical, or social development handicaps. She loved to read about history and sew and was a member of the Ringling Church of Christ.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Jay - Oct. 12, 2007; sisters, Dorothy Blackwell, Merle Tripp and Lois Rich; and brothers, infant brother, Wilburn Ray Richardson, Norman Richardson, Earl Richardson and Burl Richardson.
Survivors include her children, Belinda Turner of Ardmore, Jay Richard Thomas of Lone Grove and John Andrew “Johnny” Thomas and fiancée, Penny Stephens of Ardmore; grandchildren, Anna, Kristin, John, Jessica, Abby, Lee and Spanky; great- grandchildren, Emmy, Cove and Atticus; special friends, Robert Wodraska and Maria McMahon; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Casket bearers are Jared Cheek, Bill Jones, Kurt Wilson, Bobby Richardson, Tommy Hildebrandt and Jake Hubbard.
Honorary bearers are Roy Provence, Dale Richardson and Jack Wilson.
Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Alexander Funeral Home of Ringling.
Condolences may be shared at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.