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Joyce Goode Stepler, 70, Plano, Texas
Joyce Goode Stepler, 70, of Plano, Texas, died May 3, 2012.
Born March 5, 1942, in La Plata, she was the daughter of the late John and Virginia Goode of Marbury.
From birth to age 12, she lived in Pisgah and from age 12 to 18 in Marbury with her parents and siblings. She attended Lackey High School and graduated in 1960. During 1962 she worked for U.S. Rep. Sam Devine (R-Ohio). From 1963 to 1964, she worked as a legal secretary at Atlantic Research Corp. in Alexandria, Va. In January 1966 she married James W. Crowley and was a homemaker and stay-at-home mom to John and Noelle. They moved to Dallas in 1970.
In 1981, after a divorce, she worked as an administrative assistant to the president of Lakeview Properties and in 1985 to senior vice president for the Registry Hotel Corporation. Later she worked as owner and manager of a construction company, and in 1986 as administrative assistant in the Dallas office of Korn/Ferry International. In recent years, she worked as an editor on several books for author Charlene Maxfield.
In 1995 she married Sam Stepler, who shared her love of the seashore and sailing. They made their home first in Dallas, and later she enjoyed furnishing and decorating a new home they built in Plano. Their greatest joy came when their granddaughter, Chrissy, was born. They loved spending their time doting on her. She dealt with many health issues during her later years, finally succumbing to her battle with mesothelioma lung cancer.
She is survived by her husband, Sam; son, John Crowley of Dallas; daughter, Noelle Crowley; granddaughter, Chrissy Crowley of Plano; stepson, David Alfred of Montgomery, Ala.; brother, Dennis Goode of Staunton, Va.; and sisters, Janet Fritsche of New Waverly, Texas, and Jane Rye of Marbury.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. May 11 and from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon May 12 at Williams Funeral Home, Indian Head. Burial will take place at Park Hill Cemetery, Marbury.