Joyce Howard Johnson, formerly of Hobbs, passed away at her home in Albuquerque on October 24, 2010. Joyce was born in Chicago, IL to Percy and Regina Howard. She attended Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove, IL and was a graduate of Branson High School, Branson, MO and Pittsburgh Teachers College in Pittsburgh, KS. She obtained her M.A. in education from UNM. She moved from Branson to Hobbs NM in 1956 and taught in the public schools off and on until her retirment in 1995. She also taught a legendary private kindergarten at the First Presbyterian Church for 12 years. Joyce ended her professional career teaching in the gifted program in Hobbs. Joyce had numerous interests, including gardening, entertaining, listening to jazz, weaving, knitting, reading and traveling. She will best be remembered for her influence on her many students over the years, her loyalty and discretion as a friend and mother, and her wonderful sense of humor. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Johnson, retired district judge from the Fifth Judicial District. She is survived by her daughter, Regina Elise Johnson of Albuquerque; nephew Jamie Howard and wife Natascha; sister-in-law Emmie Seaman; brother James D. Howard; the KnitWits, her beloved weekly knitting group members; and her many other friends in the community of Hobbs and elsewhere. A memorial service and celebration of Joyce's life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Hobbs, Saturday, November 6, 2010.
Published on: Wed October 27, 2010