Joyce Keairns DeVore, 88, of Chillicothe, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 9 a.m. at Traditions in Chillicothe.
She was born December 24, 1930, in Ironton, Ohio to the late Orville and Dora (Griswold) Keairns. She was predeceased by her only sister, Dolores and brother-in-law, Richard Hixson.
Joyce graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1947. As an honor student and played in the band and orchestra, sometimes playing two instruments as needed. She loved to play the piano. She graduated on Friday and went to work the following Monday at the Mead Corp. where she retired after 30 years.
On March 8, 1961, she married the man of her life, Art DeVore, spending 56 years together. Joyce was a loving, caring person and a great cook and baker. She loved to travel especially to Myrtle Beach and Ireland. Ireland was always her primary objective. She, along with her husband, Art visited those friendly shores six times. On some of those trips she invited her two nephews, Bill and Bob Hixson and her niece, Nancy Lusher and their wives and husbands. On 1 of those trips, two great-nieces went along.
Her family includes, Bill (Linda) Hixson, The Plains, OH, Nancy (James) Lusher, Bidwell, OH, Bob (Vickie) Hixson and Tom Hixson, New Philadelphia, OH. Also Joyce had nine great nieces and nephews and 18 great-great nieces and nephews.
Joyce attended Trinity United Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018 in Grandview Cemetery with Rev. Jim Wade officiating. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the WARE FUNERAL HOME.
You may sign her online register at http://www.warefh.com