Joyce Hope

Aug 23rd, 1955 - Dec 21st, 2017


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Tue, Dec. 26th, 2017 5 - 8 pm


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Wed, Dec. 27th, 2017 11 am


Maplewood Cemetery

Wed, Dec. 27th, 2017

Joyce Hope

Joyce Hope, 62, of Marion, passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 3:50 am at her home surrounded by her family.

Joyce was born August 23, 1955 in Marion the daughter of James B. and Ruby (Maynard) Hope.

Starting her career at Zwicks Shoes on the Marion square, Joyce worked her way up to managing the store in Mt. Vernon. Joyce became a model and eventually preferred being behind the camera, owning a photography business for 20 years. She came to sell ads for both Withers and River Radio becoming particularly known for her expertise in event planning for clients all over southern Illinois. Additionally, she was an instrumental member of Paradise Alley Players for over 30 years, acting as actor, stage manager, director, and board president. Joyce and her partner of nearly 20 years, David, ventured through 7 Caribbean islands, eventually finding their true home together. Whatever Joyce put her mind to, she accomplished, and the proof is seen all throughout the region. One might say that Joyce truly is southern Illinois.

Survivors include her: Fiancé’ – David Vaughn of Marion

Son – Michael Eubanks of Marion

Son – Josh Vaughn of Kirkland, Washington

Brother – Richard Hope (Debbie) of Marion

Brother – Shawn Hope of Creal Springs

Sister – Shanea McReakon (Todd) of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Several nieces & nephews

Close friend – Sheri Patchett of Marion

Preceded by her Parents and infant son – Brent Eric Stapleton

Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 11 am at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral home with Rev. Steve Utley officiating. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5 – 8 pm at the funeral home.

For those who prefer memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois  6295

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17 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Grayson Gile

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 22, 2017

    My sincerest sympathy to Joyce’s family and close friends. Joyce was a life-long friend. She was always filled with both joy and strength. Her contributions to our community were many–to include her leadership with Paradise Alley Players.

    Until we meet again…

  • Guest: TinaDeaton

    From: Mt vernon , Illinois

    Date: December 22, 2017

    Thinking of you all right now, love you guys. She was a beauty just like you miss Shania!!!

  • Guest: Joni Emmerson

    From: Paducah, Illinois

    Date: December 22, 2017

    I am so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. We’ve been friends around 50 years! She was such a beautiful person, inside and out! Her eyes!!! Wow!!! I can’t believe that she’s gone! Heartbreaking! I will never forget her!My condolences to her family and friends! She was loved, for sure!! Again, I am so sorry!!

  • Guest: Tracy E. Deering

    From: Stonefort, Illinois

    Date: December 23, 2017

    Sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Guest: Kelly Hartung

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 23, 2017

    David, I’m so sorry for your loss. Many prayers for you and the family. Love you.

  • Guest: Jennifer Meacham

    From: Logan, Illinois

    Date: December 23, 2017

    David, I am so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. You are in my prayers.

  • Guest: Pam McCollom

    From: Mulkeytown , Illinois

    Date: December 23, 2017

    I knew Joyce from Paradise Alley Players. My daughter, Jenny, was in quite a few plays. Joyce was always encouraging and helped Jenny a lot. I worked backstage, got props, did makeup, and other things. Joyce was very easy to work with. Jenny hasn’t been in too many plays lately so I haven’t seen Joyce for awhile. She was a great person and will be missed.

  • Guest: Sheri Patchett

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 24, 2017

    You will be in my heart forever, I miss you so much already. Rest easy my friend.

  • Guest: Josh Vaughn

    From: Kirkland, Washington

    Date: December 25, 2017

    You pushed me to be better than I ever thought I could be, were with me every step of the way when I finally got healthy after years of being a sick kid, and you gave my father the kind of happiness he’s always deserved.

    I hope we returned some of your kindness, companionship, and strength that you so readily shared. Since setting out on my own I’ve always tried to make you proud and you always made sure I knew that you were. I love you. I hope you knew how much you were loved by all of us. You’ll always be my 3rd parent and I’ll carry your drive and passion forward as tribute.

    I know I’m a better man for having known you, being raised by you. Thank God we had the privilege of having you in our lives as long as we did. Gone, but never forgotten.

  • Guest: Cindy A. Lee

    From: Marlboro, New Jersey

    Date: December 26, 2017

    Having known Joyce since junior high school, I can honestly say she was a truly good person with a big heart and kind soul. Her legacy includes being a wonderful daughter, mother, friend and exceptional photographer. My favorite pictures of my son growing up were taken by Joyce and I treasure them now and always. My deepest sympathy goes out to Michael and all of Joyce’s family at this time of deep sorrow and loss. You all are in my prayers.

  • Guest: Eleanor Chandonait

    From: Jackson, Missouri

    Date: December 26, 2017

    May God wrap you in his pure love and give your family peace and comfort. Joyce was a truly sweet person. I am so sorry to read of her passing. My prayers for all who were blessed to love and know her.

  • Guest: Jennifer McCollom

    From: Carbondale , Illinois

    Date: December 26, 2017

    Joyce was one of my favorite directors growing up. She always inspired my acting and was a great mentor. I’m very sad to hear about her passing.

  • Guest: Bill, Shirley and Bruce Steh

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: December 27, 2017

    To the family, fiancé’ and friends of Joyce Hope, you have our deepest sympathy. Joyce was a beautiful young lady, kind and loving to all. She has now completed life’s journey, and that is Life Eternal in Heaven with Christ!

  • Guest: Karl and Lisa Conley

    From: Vicksburg, MS, Illinois

    Date: December 27, 2017

    So sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. David our thoughts are with you, and our prayers are with Joyce.

  • Guest: Sherry Baggett

    From: , Illinois

    Date: December 28, 2017

    Joyce was a childhood friend of mine and always loved her beautiful smile and positive attitude. So sorry for your loss
    Sherry Baggett

  • Guest: Maria Rose

    From: Warrensville hts., Ohio

    Date: January 2, 2018

    Dearest Family,
    No heart breaks alone, for God is always near, and when a prayer is whispered, he’s always there to here, when sorrow’s overwhelming, he comforts tenderly, for not a single tear will fall, that the Father does not hear.
    (Psalms 65:2 and 83:18)

    Maria Rose
    Please feel free to visit for some more comfort and encouragement.

  • Guest: Steve Maynard

    From: Chicago, Illinois

    Date: April 14, 2018

    Will miss you. Love Steve and Debbie Maynard