Marilee M. Joyce

Marilee M. Joyce, 68, died Oct. 2, 2020 at her Garden Valley Retirement Village Apartment in Garden City, KS. She was born Oct. 19, 1951 in Garden City, KS, the daughter of Milo and Marcelle (Hands) Joyce.

A lifetime resident of Garden City, Marilee attended Garden City schools. After graduating from Garden City High School in 1969, she attended and graduated from Garden City Community College. Marilee then graduated from McPherson College with Bachelor of Science degree. She returned to Garden City where she began helping on the family farm. Marilee rescued baby calves which she raised and later operated her own cow/calf operation. She later began working for the City of Garden City at the Parks Department for a short time before switching over to the Zoo Department. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Garden City and she loved working with her hands and constructing and building things.

Survivors include her mother, Marcelle Joyce of Garden City, KS; a brother Tim and wife Jackie Joyce of Garden City, KS; a niece Kayla and husband Josh Griffin of Garden City, KS; a nephew Kyle and wife Trista Joyce of Garden City, KS; an uncle Lloyd Joyce of Garden City, KS; and aunt Nita and husband Jack Anstaett of Garden City, KS; and five great nieces and nephews Ashlyn, Ayden, Ava, Amayaha, & Elizabeth. Marilee is preceded in death by her father and a brother, Milton Joyce.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 at the First Christian Church in Garden City, KS., with Rev. Don Patrick officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, KS. There will be no calling hours. The family suggests memorials given to Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo or to the First Christian Church both in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City. Condolences may be given at

Posted online on October 05, 2020