Joyce Virginia Easter, 91, of Salina, passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at her home in Salina. Joyce was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Elbert County Colorado, to William Robert Plant and Hilda O’Tilda Erickson Plant. She was a loving wife for 64 years, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and faithful prayer warrior.
Joyce grew up on the prairie in sight of Pikes Peak on the family dairy, a homestead, attending a one room schoolhouse. In July of 1937 Joyce came to knowledge of Christ Jesus as her Savior. She moved with her family to Colorado Springs in 1948 where she attended Blair Business College. She met George Easter at a prayer meeting when the army stationed him at Fort Carson. The couple married on Palm Sunday, April 3, 1955.
They moved to Lawrence, Kansas attending the University of Kansas until 1958. They lived briefly in Wichita, then Rural Dickenson County, finally moving to Salina in 1959 where they hosted many traveling missionaries and preachers. She was active in teaching Sunday School, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Biblefest at Sunset Bible Chapel, Kansas Bible Camp, Christians Women’s Club, Salina Rescue Mission, Bible Study at Salina Senior Center as well as working along side her husband in his business after working 10 years with VITA checking tax returns.
She is survived by: husband, George; daughters, Beth Easter of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Karen Zeller (Stephen) of Overbrook, and Sarah Guidry (Chad) of Pearland, Texas; son, David Easter (Renee) of Villa de Leyva, Colombia; grandchildren, Jason Zeller, Becky Lamphier (Josh), Jon Zeller (Charlotte), Joshua Zeller, Jeffrey , Andrea, Matthew Guidry, David, Meleah, Lydia, Julia, George III, and Sophia Easter; great-granddaughter, Ellianna Zeller; and numerous other relatives and friends. Joyce was preceded in death by: her parents; sisters, Vera Walden. Clara Daharsh, and Cleona Plant; and brother, Vernon Plant.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Nov. 22, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 23, at Ryan Mortuary, with burial to follow in Abilene City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Kansas Bible Camp, in care of Ryan Mortuary, Salina.
Online condolences: www.ryanmortuary.com.