Joyce Estella (Yardley) Sones, 93, of Rushville, Nebraska passed away on Friday March 3, 2023, at Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Joyce was born February 28, 1930 on the family farm North of Clinton, Nebraska, to Don and Stella (Smith) Yardley. Joyce graduated from high school in Gordon, Nebraska, with the class of 1946.
On October 24, 1948, Joyce married the love of her life, Lyle Sones in a double wedding with Lyle’s sister Evelyn and Willard Keller at the Presbyterian Church in Gordon, Nebraska. The wedding date and honeymoon were set for this date because they had tickets to the Husker Football game in Lincoln. The newlyweds return trip from Lincoln was particularly memorable because the new brides both purchased sets of dishes and one person had to ride in the back seat with the dishes and the other three in the front seat. Joyce and Lyle raised four sons, Gary, Dwaine, Glen and Rod which led her to follow football, wrestling, and baseball. She also followed her grandchildren attending all their events. She enjoyed bowling, golf, cards, and loved watching Nebraska Volleyball.
Joyce babysat in her home for many years before being employed at Stockman’s National Bank. From there she managed the Senior Center meal program, but her true calling was being Mom to her four sons and their friends.
Joyce always had a love for animals and has had many dogs throughout the years. As a child she had a dog that climbed and stayed on the roof with her while she and her dad shingled. She also had a pig that carried a large basin to put the cow chips in for heat.
Survivors include her three sons, Gary (Roxie), Dwaine (Peg), and Rod (Robin) all of Rushville, eleven grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, her beloved dog Marissa, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son Glen, her grandson Ethan Sones, her brother Jerry and wife Becky, in-laws Evelyn (Willard) Keller, Lee (Kathleen) Sones and Lillian (Irwin) Latchaw.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 16, 2023, 10:00 AM at the Morse Memorial Methodist Church in Rushville, NE. A memorial has been established for the Gordon-Rushville High School Activities/Scholarship and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.