Joyce "Mar Mar" went home to be with the Lord on September 8, 2021. She was born on Christmas day in 1935 in a tiny house in Ruby SC. She loved telling everyone she was a Christmas baby and that she had been much loved and spoiled.
Joyce graduated from the Baptist Hospital RN Diploma program in 1957. She enjoyed nursing and would use her education to do countless hours of volunteer work with Navy Relief and the Red Cross.
Shortly after graduation she married Kenneth Shirley; an officer in the USN, and began the adventure of a lifetime. Ken's career took them from coast to coast with many duty stations including Guam and Hawaii. Saving the best for last Joyce and Ken retired to Lake Murray, SC where she spent many happy years.
Joyce and Ken had 3 children which made moving every 2-3 years quite the undertaking. Loading up and moving the family and the fur baby was a tremendous amount of work, but Joyce did it with gusto never forgetting the friends she had made and looking forward to the new people that would become a part of her life.
Joyce and Ken were devout Christians and owing to their lifestyle belonged to many churches over the years. They both believed that it was a true blessing to share there time and money with the Lord and gave him all the glory for everything in their lives.
Joyce was great mom and all the kids in the neighborhood loved to hang at her house. She was the mom at every field trip and stayed up many a late night baking for those "oops its tomorrow" bake sales. Joyce became "Mar Mar" when her granddaughter Libby (Sweet Pea) came into her life. Libby and Mar Mar had a special bond that they both treasured. They shared countless hours of laughter and yes some tears. Libby helped to keep Mar Mar young and included her in every aspect of her life.
Joyce was extremely generous with her time, money, and advice. She asked that this last bit of advice to all who care to hear it "Spend your time/money on the living, life can be short don’t miss any chance to be with those you love. Lastly "You can face any situation with the love of the Lord and a furry companion neither will ever let you down.
She is survived by daughters, Marie (Allen) Griffin of Texas and Trish (Tom) Fine of Lexington; son, Micheal "Spike" (Andrea) Shirley of GA; grandaughter, Libby Fine of Lexington; and dear friends, Sabrena Rish and Teresa Metts. Mar Mar leaves behind her dear kitties, Boots and Tippy; and her fur grands, Moon Pie and Lucy Jane. Joyce was predeceased by husband, Capt. K.R. Shirley; and beloved grandson, Matthew Benjamin Shirley.
A graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at First Calvary Baptist Church of Leesville SC. Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lexington Chapel is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cullen's Archangle Rescue (CARE) P.O. Box 715 Lexington, SC 29071 or www.caretoadopt.org.
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