Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 4, 2014

Joyce Lucretia Bowers

TRAVERSE CITY — Joyce L. Bowers, 93, of Traverse City, went home to be with her Lord and Savoir, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Her faith in Jesus Christ was all important to her. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.

Joyce was born on Nov. 24, 1920, in Waltham, Minn., to the late Henry and Elma Maria Catrina (Schieck) Jeffries. She was married to Edgard L. Bowers on March 15, 1941, in Lanesboro, Minn.

Joyce grew up in Lanesboro, Minn., and graduated from Lanesboro High School.

During World War II she moved to Milwaukee, where she and Edgar made their home for 40 years. In 1980 she and Edgar retired to Traverse City. Retirement didn’t last long as she worked at Pranges, Younkers and Hudson’s from 1980 to 1998. She also enjoyed being a hostess at the McDonald’s on Front Street.

In her spare time Joyce enjoyed reading, walking, crocheting and sewing. She had a wonderful personality and enjoyed the company of others. Above all else, Joyce loved being surrounded by her family. She adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar in 1996; a son, Gary Bowers in 2013; three brothers, Virgil Jeffries, Nathan Jeffries and Gaylord Jeffries; and a sister, Arlene Mosher.

Joyce is survived by her daughters, Sandra (Ronald) Van Wingerden, of Traverse City, and Anita Johnson, of Austin, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Bowers, of Seattle, Wash.; sisters-in-law, Mona Jeffries, of Wylie, Texas, and Anndella Jeffries, of Vienna, Va.; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Joyce’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Michigan and her loving team, Betty, Ashley, and Jessica and caregivers, Ronda and A.J.

A funeral service honoring Joyce will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Pastor Don Sunman will officiate. Visitation will take place on Tuesday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Joyce will be laid to rest next to her husband, Edgar, at the Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to the Salvation Army or Hospice of Michigan.

Please visit to share your thoughts and memories with the family.

The family is being served by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home.



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