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Joyce Loree Meador

1926 - 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Joyce Loree Meador

Joyce Loree Meador (nee Strother) passed away April 18, 2021 at her home of natural causes.

Funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2021, in Greenwood Chapel, 3100 White Settlement Road. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood.

Memorials: Donations may be given in her honor to the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge at fwnaturecenter.org, the Community Hospice of Texas at chot. org, or Christ’s Haven for Children at christshaven.org

Joyce was born in San Angelo, Texas, on June 3, 1926 to Travis Earl Strother and Leta Strother. She grew up the child of a school superintendent, moving between Mereta, Barnhart and Eola, with one younger sister, Virama “Susie” Castle. In 1943 she graduated from Eola High School as class Valedictorian, then advanced to San Angelo College. A red-haired beauty, she married Homer Orren Meador on June 3, 1945 in Madison, Wisconsin, where he was stationed with the Army Air Corps.

Joyce worked in a war plant making walkie talkie batteries during WWII while Homer was stationed in the South Pacific. After Homer’s honorable discharge in 1946, they lived in San Angelo, Fort Worth, and finally in Lakeside, Texas where they settled. She taught elementary school on and off for nine years in Barnhart, Tarrant County and Parker County school districts taking breaks to stay home with her young children. She then transitioned to the business world, joining J&J Supply as an office manager and Executive Assistant to the owner. She spent 20 years there before retiring.

She and Homer were devoted parents to two children, Kerry Fenoglio and Kevan Scott Meador. Homer and Joyce had a 65-year marriage marked by mutual adoration and deep abiding friendship, only spending one night apart in their long marriage after Homer returned from WWII. They were friends, lovers and, in everything, partners. They were involved members of Northwest Church of Christ since 1947, often serving other families and church members.

During summer months they worked in their large yard for hours a day, often in the late-evenings to escape the sweltering Texas summer heat. (Joyce still mowed the lawn, astride a riding lawnmower, all the way through her 90s.) They were well traveled, visiting all 50 states, mostly via car trips; they liked to take their time and enjoy the landscape. Joyce had deep and working knowledge of astronomy, gardening, the British monarchy and U.S. history - and her exquisite vocabulary grew from her love of reading.

A night owl, she was capable of reading a novel in one sitting and loved mysteries. A force in Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, and card games, her sharpness seemed to increase with age. She enjoyed crochet and quilting and gifted her creations to loved ones. Bursting with a blend of humor and thoughtfulness, Joyce had many enduring friendships throughout her lifetime through phone calls and, yes, old-fashioned letter writing. Joyce was proudly independent and unapologetically pragmatic; a child of the Great Depression, she would save even the smallest tidbit of leftover food because, well, you just never know. She also proved an admirable caregiver, enduring her mother’s decade-long dementia and Homer and Kevan’s cancer illnesses.

Homer and Kevan predeceased her in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kerry and Ken Fenoglio of Dallas; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Meador of Stephenville; grandchildren, Gia Fenoglio Cillizza and husband, Chris, Josh Fenoglio and wife, Morgan, Jenna Fenoglio Whitmire and husband, Kyle, Jacob Fenoglio and wife, Megan, Kasi Miller and Cade McGibboney; along with 12 beloved greatgrandchildren, dear friends and neighbors.

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