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V. Joyce Beam

Joyce-Beam-1Joyce Beam, age 80, of Mena, died Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab in Mena.  She was born on Tuesday, January 14, 1936 to Albert Clay and Neva Yocham Brown in Isabella, Missouri.

Joyce loved life and enjoyed the outdoors working in her flower beds.  Joyce had a servant’s heart and showed it for 33 years as an elementary school teacher in Little Rock, Siloam Springs and the last 22 years in Mena Public Schools and retired in 1996.   She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren. Joyce attended First United Methodist Church in Mena for many years.  Some of her hobbies included doing jigsaw puzzles, reading and collecting owls. Joyce was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

Joyce is survived by, her husband of 42 years, Bill Beam of Mena; one son and daughter in law, Randy and Cynthia Martin of Mena; her daughter and son in law, Janna and Christian Cochran of Kansas City; one brother and sister in law, Carl and Nancy Brown of Lead Hill; three sisters and brother in law, Georgia Beason of Marshfield, Madge Kennemer of Seymour and Charlotte and Richard Bisson of Gramham; one brother in law, Larry Cooper of Dallas; two grandchildren, Quinn Cochran and Reece Cochran both of Kansas City; three step grandchildren, Kaitlyn Schoeppey and T.J. Schoeppey both of Mena and Andrew Schoeppey of Corpus Christi; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by, her parents; her brothers, Claude Brown and Walter Brown and her three sisters, Eileen Holt, Mary Ruth Richey and Wilma Cooper.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Lead Hill First Baptist Church in Lead Hill, Arkansas. Interment will follow in the Milum Cemetery in Lead Hill under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 4-6 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.

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