Joyce Ann Abbott of Austin, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at the age of 72. She was born October 12, 1938 in Brownfield, Texas.
Joyce was a retired teacher, having taught English at Abilene High School in Abilene for many years. She attended Tarleton State in Stephenville and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Education Degree.
She loved to travel and had visited most of the lighthouses in the United States and had an extensive collection of lighthouses. Joyce was an excellent photographer, loved nature and animals. She had many collectibles and loved to do crafts and jigsaw puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her parents, L.A. and Lillie Bell Rogers.
She is survived by her sister, Janice Thurman and husband, Larry; nephew, Jared Thurman and wife, Donna; and great-nephew, Jonah Thurman; one aunt and many cousins.
Services will be private and interment will be in Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland, Texas where she will laid to rest with her parents.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you waken in the morning hush;
I am the swift uplifting rush.
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there; I did not die.