Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 at the Sioux Rapids Baptist Church. Burial was in the Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids was in charge of the arrangements.
Joyce M. Francis, the daughter of Carson and Rose (Martin) Francis was born in Storm Lake, on Feb. 15, 1928. She lived her youth and received her education in Rembrandt.
On Feb. 16, 1946, Joyce was united in marriage to Harry Dean Hollesen at the Presbyterian parsonage in Jackson, Minn. Together, this couple was blessed with two daughters, Cheryl and Jymme.
Joyce and Harry's married lifetime was spent in the Sioux Rapids community where Harry was employed at Simonsen Iron Works and later at Nelson's Products while Joyce was busy serving as a housekeeper, wallpaper hanger, and waitress. They were also custodians at the First State Bank in Sioux Rapids for 50 years. Harry died on April 15, 2003. For the last year of Joyce's life, she resided at the Sioux Care Center.
Joyce led a very active and interesting life. She instructed many young people in Junior League Bowling, served as a volunteer at the Sioux Care Center for 20 years, and in 2005, she was honored by the Iowa Health Care Association as their Volunteer of the Year. Joyce was a member of the Sioux Rapids Baptist Church and a 50 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Activities that Joyce enjoyed were knitting, baking, doing craft work, and playing bingo. She and Harry treasured the times they could spend camping and fishing at Lost Island Lake. Joyce loved her grandchildren very dearly and enjoyed caring for them and supporting them in their activities with her presence.
Joyce's life will always be cherished and celebrated by her daughters and their husbands: Cheryl and Ed Wilson of Harbor City, Calif.; Jymme and Paul Risvold of Linn Grove; four grandchildren: Barry Bell; Darla Chambers; Travis Risvold; Trista Risvold; great grandchildren: Emily and Sarah Bell; Ian, Kaleigh, Zoe, and Phoebe Chambers; three sisters: Hazel Dunn of Loveland, Colo.; Betty Godschalk of Gatesville, Ind.; Fay Davis of Loveland, Colo.; other extended family and her many lifelong friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry; one brother, Lynn (Bud) Francis; and a sibling in infancy.