Joyce Lee Yates, a longtime resident of Henryetta passed away Friday, July 14th, 2017 in Broken Arrow at the age of 86. She was born September 3rd, 1930 in Clearview, Oklahoma to William Lester Morrow & Lillie Bell (Dennis) Morrow. She married Tommie Joe Yates April 2, 1949 in Okemah, Oklahoma. To this union four children were born, Thomas, Janna, Stephen & Dennis.
She worked for many years as receptionist for Dr. Carlton Smith's clinic. She is preceded in death by her husband Tommy J. Yates, a son, Thomas L. Yates, a daughter, Janna Saunders, a granddaughter, Christi Yates, a brother, Robert Morrow, an infant sister, Mary Lou Morrow, as well as two adult sisters, Connie Williams & Deanne Patty, a son-in-law, Kenny Saunders, and two great grandchildren.
She was a member of the Dewar First Baptist Church where she attended faithfully until her health declined. She also taught Sunday School for many years.
Joyce had many hobbies including needlepoint, upholstery and sewing. She also loved to play games and work crosswords and puzzles.
Joyce loved to travel and had traveled the United States extensively. She traveled to Israel at least three times, Ireland, Mexico, Chili, Switzerland, England, Germany, France and many others.
She is survived by two sons, Stephen Yates & wife Mary;
Dennis Yates & wife Angie;
A daughter-in-law, Diana Yates;
Her grandchildren, Eric Yates, Kristopher Saunders & wife Tammy,
Kara Castillo & husband Richard, Sarah Reddy & husband Madhav, Bridget Yates, Matthew Yates & Hope, Sarah Yount & husband Reggy, Joshua Boydston & wife Emily and Kaitlin Boydston.
Fourteen great grandchildren & 1 great-great grandchild.
Also by a host of friends, relatives and beloved church family.
Pallbearers will be Eric Yates, Reggy Yount, Madhav Reddy, Kristopher, Saunders, Matthew Yates, Richard Castillo, Ricky Lee Yates, & Joshua Boydston. Honorary pallbearers will be John Daly, Terry Evans, John Lonsdale, Kent Taylor, Damon Smart, & James Melton.
Viewing will be on Tuesday from 4 - 8 pm with family present to greet friends from 6 - 8 pm at Integrity Funeral Service.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Dewar First Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Vance & Rev. Ryan Wells officiating. Interment will follow in Westlawn Cemetery under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.