Joyce Octavia Lakes was admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 on April 2, and passed after a lengthy and exhaustive battle with the coronavirus on June 26, 2020. She was 73 years old.
Joyce worked 30 years for Southwestern Bell after withdrawing from college following the death of her father. Despite challenges in her life, she poured her heart into raising her two children. Joyce somehow always found time for what was important to her; and cultivating authentic relationships tied her busy and varied hobbies together. She was active in various church groups and with different hobbies from crochet and gardening to dancing, singing and (especially) bowling. Joyce was positive, empathetic, and would give her last dollar to help out a friend in need.
Joyce Lakes is deeply missed by her daughter, son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, extended family, church family, work family, and anyone who was fortunate enough to pass through her wide social circle.
Her daughter and daughter-in-law both publicly posted about her long and horrific battle with COVID-19 on Facebook below. Every available option to save her life was exhausted over her 2+ month long battle with the novel coronavirus and hope of a full recovery was not lost until she passed over.
- This was a contact from a close friend/family (daughter in-law)
- Joyce Lakes obituary at Layne Mortuary