Joyce E. Titus

Joyce E. Titus, 74, of Falls City, surrounded by family, passed away April 11, 2019, at Falls City Nursing and Rehab Center.

Joyce was born at Falls City March 9, 1945, the youngest of three children born to Elmer and Rhoda Bryson Stewart and was a life- long Falls City resident.   She grew in Falls City where she attended public schools, graduating high school with the class of 1963.  Since she was many years younger than the other two siblings, she would get away with so much more than they ever dreamed of, plus was told that she was the ‘favorite’.  Joyce worked at several different things through the years including Pamida and the Falls City Journal.  Most importantly she was a mother and wife.

She married James Titus at Falls City September 17, 1967.   They enjoyed raising their two sons and years later, watching their grandchildren grow, participate in sporting activities, and babysitting.  In later years, Joyce and Jim enjoyed doing and participating in craft shows, instructional classes which included several trips a year to Branson and other locations that hosted classes that demonstrated  ‘something different’.  Jim survives.

Also surviving are two sons:  Scott and Cindy Titus of Lincoln, NE, Steven and Katie Titus of Reserve, KS, two granddaughters: Katelynn and Bristol, a grandson Bridger; a step-grand-daughter Kali.  A sister in law Sue Gilsdorf of Glenwood, IA also survives.

Jokingly, years ago, it was understood among family that Joyce was not good at cooking and was told ‘she could burn French Fries.’  In her early years of marriage, her nephew would make sugar cookie dough for her to freeze to bake later.  This was after her sister tried on several occasions to teach her how to make these cookies. Only Jim knows the truth if it had improved!  Since she was only a few years older than her niece and nephews, she did not want to be called “Aunt Joyce”, which still holds true today (plus now it doesn’t sound right).   Her heart of gold loved unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. Her love of her beloved pets runs deep.  Though the years she had Mollie, Casper, and Zoe (miniature schnauzers) and a poodle named Coquette.  No matter what circumstances, Joyce was a great source of strength, support, love and forgiveness.  She loved deeply, without limits.   There’s no care giver quite like Joyce was.  She always gave so much of herself and put others needs before herself, even in her last days.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Donald, and a sister Betty Brock.

A visitation to celebrate Joyce’s was planned from 6-8 pm Wednesday evening, April 17, at the Christian Center, 519 N First St., Hiawatha.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Richardson County Humane Society or Richardson County Cancer Fund which may be sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha 66434.

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