Joyce Marie Henley, age 90, beloved mother and grandmother, was called to her eternal home on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 10, 2019.
She was a longtime resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, first moving here in the early 1960’s and returning in 1971 to make it her permanent home. From 1950 to 1971, she had moved the family nine times in support of her husband’s career, and she was glad to finally be in one place!
Joyce loved her church family. She was a faithful member of the Montgomery Blvd. Church of Christ for forty years. Since 2011, she worshiped at the Northeast Church of Christ, until her health prohibited her attendance.
Joyce’s main interests were her church, husband, family, and home. She was truly a dedicated “home maker.” Her tireless work towards the benefit of her husband, family, and home was for her a great source of pride and accomplishment.
Joyce was born in Glomawr, Kentucky, on Sunday, February 17, 1929, to father, Roy M. Samples and mother, Jesse Lockwood Samples. She was a boarding student at David Lipscomb in Nashville from elementary through her graduation from high school. Her interests included glee club and cheerleading, and a young man named Burton, also known by her as Burt or “Button.” “You will have to get taller if you want to date me!” she often told him until he indeed, got taller. She and the taller Burt were married in Nashville on September 1, 1950, and they never looked back.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Roy M. Samples and Jesse Lockwood Samples; her brother, Dewey Samples; and her infant sister, Hilda Samples.
Richard Burton Henley, her faithful husband and provider for 57 years, preceded her in death in 2007.
Her beloved cats, Tuji, Toby and Shadow now play in the fields of the Lord.
She is survived by son, Richard Burton Henley Jr.; his wife, Nicolette and daughters, Lisa, Natasha, and Katrina, and their families, of Katy, Texas; and son, Steven Louis Henley and his wife Deborah, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Steve and Debbie’s children, Joyce’s grandson, Ian Richard Henley and wife Jessica of Fort Worth, Texas; and grandson, Steven Christopher Louis Henley and wife Carly of Gilbert, Arizona; and several beloved nieces and nephews.
Joyce looked forward to the anticipated birth next year of her great-grandson, Rhys Richard Henley, expected son of Ian and Jessica.
A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019, 4:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas. Joyce will be laid to rest beside her husband, Burt, on Friday, September 20, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joyce's name to the Albuquerque Christian Children's Home, 5700 Winter Haven Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120. http://acch4kids.org/
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