Joyce Thornton

Born in Centerville, IA
Born on Aug 18, 1939
Departed on Sep 24, 2020

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Joyce C. Thornton, age 81, of Cedar Rapids passed away at the Hiawatha Care Center on Thursday, September 24 surrounded by her loving family.

Joyce was born on August 18, 1939 in Centerville, IA the daughter of the late Ora and Maxine (Long) Rinehart. Joyce was educated in a one-room school in rural Mystic, Iowa. She worked as a registered nurse for St. Luke’s Hospital and also for a variety of insurance companies. Joyce was a member of the St. Mark’s Church and several other women’s groups. Joyce loved camping, knitting, genealogy, and especially her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish Joyce’s memory are her two daughters; BaBette Dolan(Mike), Belinda Eglinger; two sons, Bryon (Josie) Pettibone and Erich (Carrie) Aschenbrenner; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; her sister, Cindy. She was proceeded in death by her husband, her parents, her son, J. Edward Pettibone, and her brother, Roger. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association,, or to the Community Health Free Clinic.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mary Anne Nelson, and the entire staff at the Hiawatha Care Center, for all of the care they provided to Joyce.