Joyce G. Wilson, 87, of Shelbyville, IL passed away at 1:25 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Shelby Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will he held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Findlay, IL with honorary pastor Tom Compton, assisted by Rev. Marge Overlot, officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10, 2014 at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Findlay Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Findlay United Methodist Church or the American Shorthorn Foundation.

Joyce was born on March 26, 1927 in Hermitage Springs, Tennessee, the daughter of William Ether and Madge Clements Green. She married Donald Dean Wilson on August 23, 1945 in Shelbyville. They had been married 50 years.

Survivors include her son, Stuart and wife Ann of Findlay, IL; granddaughter, Robyn Ax (Ethan) and great-granddaughter Avery of Bloomington, IL; two sisters, Beverly Joanne Moses of Mt. Zion, IL and Shirley Brewer (James) of Ramsey, IL; and sister-in-law, Frances Anderson of Batavia, IL. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean, and her parents.

Joyce graduated from Findlay High School in 1945. She worked at the defense plant in Shelbyville, IL during WW II. She was a farm wife and homemaker. Joyce was a past president and queen chairman of the Illinois Shorthorn Lassies auxiliary. She served as treasurer of the National Shorthorn Lassie Association, and she was named Lassie of the Year in 1967. Joyce was a member of the Findlay United Methodist Church. She loved her family, and she especially enjoyed her role as grandma and most recently, great-grandma.

Joyce’s family would like to thank the staff at Hawthorne Inn in Shelbyville, IL for the loving care she was given during the past fifteen months. We also want to thank Dr. Agapito for his kindness, and the nurses at Shelby Memorial Hospital for their compassion.