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Joyce Brown, 84, resident of Bartlesville, Okla., died Monday, June 18, 2012, in Dewey, Okla.

Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012, in the First Presbyterian Church in Bartlesville with Kristy Rodgers officiating.

Memorial services and cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory.

Memorials have been established and those who wish to make a contribution in memory of Mrs. Brown may do so to First Presbyterian Church, 505 SE Dewey, Bartlesville, Okla., 74003 or ARC Group Homes, P.O. Box 1422, Bartlesville, Okla., 74005.

Joyce Brown was born Feb. 25, 1928, at Fort Scott, to Abraham Lincoln Keplinger and Helen (Campbell) Keplinger. Joyce graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1945 and Fort Scott Junior College in 1948 with an associate of arts degree. While in high school, she worked as society editor of the Fort Scott Tribune until 1948 and then worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone until 1952.

Joyce was married to Walter L. Brown in Fort Scott in 1949. They had three children: Brandon Scott Brown, Margo Joyce Brown (Proctor) and Eldon Lamont Brown.

They moved to Bartlesville in 1959 from Fort Scott and resided here from that time to date. She was a homemaker until 1968.

In 1968 she was employed by Camp S. Huntington, M.D., as receptionist and bookkeeper and then Ralph L. McLaury, M.D. from 1974 to 1978. Joyce then worked as communication supervisor for Joe Welch, D.D.S., from 1979 to 1983 and was bookkeeper for R.E. Kaplan, M.D., from 1985 to 1991 and as medical transcriptionist at Jane Phillips Episcopal Memorial Medical Center from 1991 to 1994.

Joyce was a modest person, but proud of what she did. She felt her first priority was in caring for her husband and raising her children as best she could. However, she was happy to teach Sunday school in both Fort Scott and Bartlesville for a total of over 20 years.

She felt privileged to be active in Presbyterian Women and served as circle chairman and program chairman for the association in different years before finding it necessary to work outside her home. Joyce served a year as president of United Church Women in 1961.

In the second year after coming to Bartlesville, she served as president of the Newcomers Club. Joyce was an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church and Deacon in 1995 to 1998.

Joyce did all the things mothers do: Den Mother for Scouts, assisted Girl Scouts, Little League, Y-Teens, etc. She sponsored a group of teen aged girls in Fort Scott called TUXIS (Together for Christ in Service).

Joyce was president of the Medical Assistant while working for Dr. McLaury. Also was honored with Rainbow Girls award in Fort Scott and served as Secretary for Olive Chapter No. 13, OES for several years and was a 25-year member of that chapter. Joyce loved her family and wanted only for their happiness.

Survivors include her daughter, Margo Joyce Proctor and her husband Mike of Bartlesville; one son, Eldon Lamont Brown and his wife Pam of Hayden, Idaho; one sister, Charlotte Ann Fisher of Fort Scott; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a daughter-in-law, Linda S. Brown of Nederland, Colo.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one son, Brandon Scott Brown.