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Joyce Jay

Joyce Jay

Saturday, April 8th, 1933 - Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
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Mary Joyce Hulke was born April 8, 1933 in Cotulla, TX. She married Jimmie Alton Jay January 12, 1951 in Waco. They moved to Abilene in 1956 and recently celebrated 69 years of marriage. Joyce peacefully passed away on January 15, 2020 in her home. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Josalin Lee Jay Reinitz of Lubbock TX, her parents, Paul and Mary Hulke of Waco, TX, her sister Doris Gilmore of Thorndale TX, and Paula Taylor of Austin TX. Joyce is survived by her husband Jimmie, her children John Alton of Plano TX, James Paul of Longview TX, Mary Dianne of Paducah KY, David Wayne (Denise) of Las Vegas NV, and Christopher Michael of Grapevine TX, and her brother Frank “Bubba” Hulke of Vally Mills TX.
Joyce attended Waco High School and worked in sales for West Texas Utilities for 21 years. She was active in the Bible study group at Holy Family Catholic Church and member of the Red-Hat Society. She loved to garden and spent many hours tending to her plants. Joyce co-founded the Taylor County Master Gardener Society in 1996 and established their learning library. She was the Texas Master Gardeners President in 2004. She spent many hours volunteering for the organization and was awarded the Lifetime Membership award for 18 years of service in 2016 and recognized as the AgriLife Extension Cooperator of the year in 2017. She was considered the “mom” of the local Master Gardeners. Her legacy can still be seen and continues to grow at her previous family home on Bar B Trail, at her last home on Linconshire Way, and around town at the Abilene Zoo and at Cicso Junior College.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday January 21, 2020 at 12:30pm at Holy Family Catholic Church located at 5410 Buffalo Gap Rd. in Abilene. With burial to follow at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery. Family will receive friends Monday from 5-6:30 followed by a prayer service at 6:45pm with a Rosary to be held at 7pm in the North’s Funeral Home Chapel located at 242 Orange St. Online Condolences may be made at
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 20th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, January 20th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    North's Funeral Home
    242 Orange St.
    Abilene, TX 79601
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 12:30pm
    Holy Family Catholic Church
    5410 Buffalo Gap Rd.
    ABILENE, TX 79606
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  • Interment

    Texas State Veterans Cemetery
    7457 W. Lake Rd
    Abilene, TX 79601
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Donald Moen

Posted at 11:44am
She was a caring woman who loved nurturing and taking care of nature. She will be missed by all who knew her. My condolences go to her husband Jimmy. - Donny Moen.

Diana & Gerald Reid

Posted at 08:39am
Joyce was a wonderful lady and we were fortunate to know her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss.
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Teresa Weicht

Posted at 07:02am
I was saddened to hear of your mom's passing. I know she will be missed by all of you. Hopefully there's some comfort in your memories of and with her. Love and hugs to all.

Jeff Vaughan

Posted at 11:16pm
Jimmy & the rest of the Jays,

I’m so sorry to learn about Jorce’s passing. I’ve know you all my whole life and there are so many memories and good times, especially camping. When i was very little, Joyce was like a second mom. I wish i could attend the memorial and funeral. You are all in my thoughts. Love you all.

Jeff Vaughan

Billie R Hulke

Posted at 11:55am
Dearest Jay Family,
Words cannot fully express the sorrow we feel after learning about the death of our beloved wife, mother, and sister. We treasure the wonderful times we had as a large Hulke-Jay Family and our prayers are with the entire family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of our loved one rest in peace.
Hugs and blessings,
Frank (Bubba) and Billie Hulke

Katanna Zachry Posted at 12:17pm

Jim, we were out of town when we read of Joyce's passing. Mom and Dad (Pat and Leonard Wright) were so fond of both of you! I'll never forget the New Year's that you two came to El Paso. We all had so much fun and ate so many black-eyed peas! Our prayers are with you and your family. Tanna and Charles Zachry

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