of Hot Springs, AR
December 31, 1940 - August 23, 2012
Joyce Rae McVay, of Hot Springs, was born on New Year's Eve, December 31st, 1940, in Little Rock, Arkansas and passed away on August 23, 2012, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She worked and retired from a rewarding career with the Military Entrance Processing Station for the U.S. Department of Defense in Little Rock. She was married to her soulmate, Glenn Milton McVay from 1964 until his death in 2002.Joyce will live on in the hearts of her daughter, Gayle Renee McVay; two grandchildren, Jacob Allen Brocksmith and Sydney Glenn Brocksmith; and one great-grandson, Bryce Allen Brocksmith. She is preceded in death by her son, Glenn Eric (Rick) McVay and daughter, Denise Jayne McVay and survived by her beloved sister, Harriet Jane Wodecker; nieces, Linda Joyce Bills and Connie Jane Peirce and their families; Joyce's great-nieces and great-nephews, great-great nieces, and a great-great nephew. She's also survived by cousins and in-laws that she held very dear.Joyce has touched and brightened the lives and hearts of her entire family and many cherished friends and will be greatly missed by all. Joyce's family and loved ones were her life.Graveside service will be at 1:00 P.M., Monday, August 27, 2012, at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Alexander, Arkansas. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., Sunday, at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd, North Little Rock, Arkansas (501-791-7400).
Just heard about Joyce,I wish I had known sooner. I will miss talking to her. Love goes to family..
Joyce was a kind, sweet, funny lady. "A breath of fresh air". We worked together at MEPS in the 80's. My sympathy, prayers, and love are with you. Debby Smith called to tell me.
Dearest Family ,,My deepest condolences go out to you and your family.
I just found out about Joyce's death and can't believe she's gone. Oh how I wish I had known she lived in Hot Springs because we could have had the biggest times talking and laughing about our fun times we had together when we worked at AFEES many years ago. I will remember Joyce as being a dear friend who always had a smile on her face and always laughing. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
Dearest Family of our Beloved Joyce,As other friends have said, I felt such an emptiness and sadness when I learned about Joyce. However, I KNOW where she is, and that she is so very happy to see Glenn, Denise, Rick, my son, Brian, and her other family members and friends. When we moved to the "Cul-de-sac" in 1993, it was Joyce, Jane, and me and our awesome husbands and children. The Lord blessed us by having such special neighbors. Who would have known that the Lord's plan also included us helping each other when beautiful Denise went to Heaven, and then the same wonderful sisters helping us when our 18 year old, Brian, and then their husbands, Glenn and Woody joined her in Heaven. Even with the pain, Joyce "fought the good fight" to be there for Gail and her grand children. I missed her so when she went to Hot Springs, but respected her so very much for wanting to be with them. We loved our husbands, our children, our grand children, our pets, the same music, watching Denise's dance videos, and looking at her albums and the beautiful family, and visiting with Jane! My husband and I went to see her and Glenn just a few months before he passed away. I am so glad we did. Even though we did not get so see one another very often, our hearts were always together. Her Christian spirit and love touched all who knew her. I have loved, love, and will always love my dear friend, Joyce McVay. To all the family, pease remember the Bible verse Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". It does not say it is always easy, but we CAN do it. We saw how she did through her trials and tribulations. Joyce always gave me encouragement in every way. One way was when I would start back to teaching each August. Tomorrow I begin my 40th year, and I feel her spirit with me. I was on my way to a teacher's meeting when Jane called me last Thursday. My heart hurt and still does, but I know she is safe in the arms of Jesus! Joyce, "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you!" We love you! Vicky, Paul, and Brad
Thinking of all of you and our prayers go out to each and every member of the family and a special prayer that God may bless each and all during this time of sorrow God BlessAll
I will miss you forever. I have the best memories of me you mom and Denise at our pageants and rooming together. Denise is forever the sister I never had and you like a second mom. Thank you for all your encouragement when I went through my divorce and tough times. I still have my videos that you made for me of Denise. She sleeps next to me on my nightstand.I love you,Karen Pugh Bartosh and family
My Dearest Dear Friend, what an emptiness I feel in my heart. For well over 50 years you have been my best friend. Even tho we didn't see each other often we knew the other was as close as the telephone. I will miss our long conversations filled with much laughter. I pray you are at peace and with the ones you have loved and lost. Thank you for your friendship. I will forever miss you.