Joyce Elaine Hart

Monday, March 21, 2016 6:58 pm

Joyce Elaine Hart, 85, of Decorah, formerly of Elma, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at Barthell Eastern Star Home in Decorah. Memorial services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, with Pastor Hugh McIntosh officiating. Burial was in Howard Cemetery with urn bearers Scott Hart and Heidi Kessler. Honorary urn bearers were members of the Elma United Methodist Church. Visitation was 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma. Online condolences for Joyce Elaine’s family may be left at conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family or donor’s choice.

Joyce Elaine Hart was born May 17, 1930, to Ralph and Olga (Larsen) Hopkins on the family farm near Chester. She attended school in Elma and graduated from Elma High School. Joyce Elaine attended Luther College in Decorah and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1974. She also received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1984. She began her teaching career in Strawberry Point. She was united in marriage to Lyle Hart at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Elma June 8, 1952. The couple made their home in Elma where Joyce Elaine taught elementary school with an emphasis in reading. She was awarded the Iowa Reading Teacher of the Year in 1988. Joyce Elaine retired in 1992. She enjoyed traveling, singing, bird watching, reading and her many family pets. She was a member of Eastern Star, Elma United Methodist Church, Legion Auxiliary, North East Iowa Reading Council, Phi Delta Kappa, Holiday Ramble Travel Trailer Club and United Methodist Church Choir.

Joyce Elaine is survived by her two children, Scott (Rita) Hart of Decorah and Heidi (Steve) Kessler of Medinah, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Melissa Kessler and Alex Kessler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Olga Hopkins and her husband, Lyle, in 2005.

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