Joyce S. Cowles, 84, of West Point, passed away at 8:57 PM on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at her home.
She was born on October 28, 1935 in Ft. Madison to Malcolm Stine and Gertrude Teresa Holterhaus Evans. On July 2, 1955 she married Clarence “Corky” Cowles at St. Mary’s Church in Ft. Madison and he passed away on January 4, 1987. After graduating from Ft. Madison High School, Joyce worked at Sheaffer Pen Co. for three years. Joyce was then a stay at home Mom for eighteen years before beginning work at Ft. Madison Bank and Trust for twenty five years where she retired in 2000.
Joyce enjoyed many things such as genealogy, restoring old cemeteries, her dance group the Silver Steppers and going barrel racing with her daughter and granddaughter. She was lovingly known as Granny by all of the horse world. She was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution society and the Red Hat Club. Joyce was a founding member of the Old Fort Genealogical Society, Treasurer of Lee Co. Pioneer Cemetery Association and Treasurer of Friends of the Library. She was also well loved by her grand dogs.
Survivors include one daughter, Karen (Edward Todd) Kester of West Point; one granddaughter, Rae (Aaron) Fedler of Lowell; several brothers and sisters in law as well as thirteen nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and an infant son David Rene.
Due to the COVID 19 virus a private family graveside service will be held and there will be no formal service at this time. King-Lynk Funeral Home is assisting the family.
A memorial has been established for PAW and may be sent to her daughter, Karen. Online condolences may be left atwww.kinglynk.com