Barbara Joyce Anthony McKee, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, amazing aunt to nieces and nephews and friend to many, peacefully entered the gates of Heaven to meet her loving Savior April 25, 2019.
Joyce was born on the family homeplace to Jacob Essau and Gladys Oleane Sealy Anthony, welcomed by three older sisters and a brother.
Joyce attended Eustace schools and later went to Henderson County Junior College. Following time in college, she worked in Dallas and Grand Prairie.
Joyce and Bill married at the First Baptist Church in Mabank January 21, 1949, and made their home temporarily in Arlington, later returning to Mabank to raise their children.
Joyce contributed greatly to community life, serving Mabank Independent School District as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools for thirty-four years, active in the First Baptist Church where she sang in the church choir, served as President of the Women’s Missionary Union and Director of Training Union, among other church positions.
Joyce was a 50-year member of the Halcyon Club, having multiple terms as President of the organization and was a 65-year active member of the Order of the Eastern Star #821, holding the position of Worthy Matron four times during her membership.
Joyce will be remembered for her vivacious personality, her unconditional love for her family, the time she spent creating adventures and memories for her grandchildren and her jubilance at sharing holidays and reunions with her nieces, nephews and her West Texas cousins.
Her smile would light up a room and she spread happiness to all who knew her.
Pallbearers are her devoted grandsons Mark Riggins of College Station, Matthew Riggins of Princeton, Joshua Riggins of Leander, Caleb Riggins of Pflugerville, Jason McKee of Kansas City, Miss., Eric McKee of Austin, great-grandson Landry Fee of Coppell and John Carter Teague of Mabank. Honorary pallbearers include Larry Teague, Randy Teague, Robby Teague, Wayne Anthony, Steve Anthony, Larry Anderson, Jerry Anderson and Midge Odom.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents Jacob and Gladys Anthony, sisters Dorothy McGowan, Oleane Downing Parten and Alice Beryl Anderson and brother Gerald Anthony and son-in-law Johnny Riggins.
She is survived by her husband of seventy years Billy Charles McKee, sons Joel McKee of Austin and Kenneth McKee of Oak Grove, Miss., and daughter Jana McKee Riggins of Pflugerville, nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m.,Tuesday, April 30 at the First Baptist Church of Mabank, with burial at Oak Lawn Cemetery.