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Joyce Elaine
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February 17, 1951 – November 8, 2018

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Obituary for Joyce Elaine Millender (Reed)

Joyce Elaine Millender, age 67, of Little River-Academy passed from this life in her home during the morning hours of Thursday, November 8, 2018. Joyce was born on the 17th day of February 1951 in Waco, Texas to parents Joseph and Stella (Moats) Reed.

In her earlier years Joyce had attended grade school in Belton. After high school she would attend UMHB in Belton to study psychology. Joyce married Joe Millender in Temple on October 14, 1978. From this time forward they would set out to raise a family which would eventually include two children, Doug and Lori. Joyce had a caregiver’s heart. She built a 32 year career as a child caregiver. She loved working with babies and there is no telling how many children she has comforted and rocked to sleep over her 32 year career. It was hard for Joyce to go out in public without seeing someone whose child she had kept and it wasn’t uncommon for her to have taken care of the child and their parent when they were young. She was an avid Longhorns, Cowboys and Astros fan and was a faithful Christian and follower of the Lord. Joyce was always the last one out of the church on Sundays as she loved to visit with her church family and friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother as her family meant the world to her. Joyce has been a resident of the Bell County area for her entire life and was a member of the Little River Country Church in Little River.

Joyce in preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Stella.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband Joe Millender of Little River-Academy, son Doug Millender and wife Carolyn of Temple, daughter Lori Farmer and her boyfriend Michael of Little River-Academy, sister Connie Burrow of Belton, sister Darlene Moss of Mesquite and brother Doug Reed of Vermont. She also leaves behind 1 grandchild Roxie Millender as well as a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 12 at 10 AM at the Little River Country Church in Little River with Pastors Scott and Jason Brown officiating. A burial will immediately follow the service at North Belton Cemetery. The family will be accepting visitors at Hewett-Arney Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon between the hours of 2 and 5 PM.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Little River Country Church at 1406 W. Church Street, Little River-Academy, TX 76554.

Hewett-Arney Funeral Home of Temple is entrusted with the arrangements.

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When Sunday, November 11th, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Hewett-Arney Funeral Home
14 W. Barton Ave
Temple, TX 76501

Service Information

Monday, November 12th, 2018 10:00am
Little River Country Church
1406 W Church St
Little River Academy, TX 76554

Interment Information

Monday, November 12th, 2018 11:30am
North Belton Cemetery
1500 North Main St.
Belton, TX 76513