Joyce Ellen Travelstead

Aug 13th, 1938 - May 19th, 2020
Joyce Ellen Travelstead

Joyce Ellen Travelstead, 81, of Marion, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 9:21 am.

Joyce was born August 13, 1938 in Carterville the daughter of Richard Leon and Mary Geneva (Talley) Impson.  She married William Lorenez Travelstead on May 16, 1957 in Crainville and he preceded her in death on March 21, 1969.

She was a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Marion and retired from the US Postal Service. Joyce was an avid gardener of flowers and vegetables, loved traveling and spent countless hours embroidering quilt blocks.  She had an extensive collection of dolls and Christmas villages.  She was well known for her daily trip to the DQ for a coke with “light ice.”

Joyce had a big heart and loved giving to others, especially during the Holidays.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and extended family.

While at the Anchor Senior Living, Joyce was lovingly known as “Juicy J,” and often found uplifting those around her.  Her spunky personality put a smile on everyone’s face! The family wants to thank the staff for their love and care while she was a resident.

She is survived by her:

Two daughters;

 Tina (Doug) Grounds of West Frankfort

 Beth (Glen) Weeks of Troy

Four grandchildren;

Lauren (Aaron) Craig of Carterville

Ashton (Sidney) Stephens of West Frankfort

Christine (Adam) Petroff of Maryville

Chad Weeks of Collinsville

Five great grandchildren;

Ledger, Elle and Indy Craig of Carterville, Asher and Vander Stephens of West Frankfort

Sister – Janice (Tom) Bubanovich of West Frankfort

Sister-in-law – Judy (Jeff) Ray of Marion

Three Nephews and 1 Niece

Preceded by her Parents and Husband – William Lorenez Travelstead.

DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS AND BY THE SIGNING OF EXECUTIVE ORDER BY GOVERNOR J.B. PRITZKER, private visitation and funeral services will be held at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home with Rev. James Slone officiating.  Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery. 

For those who prefer memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis or Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois 62959.

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27 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Stacy Cooper Lintzenich

    From: , Illinois

    Date: May 19, 2020

    Tina and Beth, so sorry to read about your Mom. We had some great times together during our childhood. Prayers for you and your families.

  • Guest: Judy Hopkins

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 19, 2020

    Tina and Beth, I am so sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. We go back many years with memories of our time together at Aldersgate. May God wrap His arms
    around you and your families and give you comfort during this difficult time. Sending my prayers, love and hugs to you!
    Judy Hopkins

  • Guest: Trina Cawvey Hairston

    From: Irving, Texas

    Date: May 19, 2020

    Tina and Beth, My prayers are with you all. I know how much you love your mom. She was loved by so many. But she is now is the arms of Our Lord and surrounded by heavenly love.

  • Guest: Linda Kobler

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 19, 2020

    I’m so sorry. I have shared some good times with Joyce and have good memories. May she now Rest In Peace. Linda Kobler

  • Guest: Toby Thomas

    From: Carbondale , Illinois

    Date: May 19, 2020

    Tina, Beth, and Janice, I’m very sorry for the loss of your mother and sister, I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet such a sweet woman like Joyce. She was so nice always willing to help and comfort others. The Anchor won’t be the same without her I will miss my Juicy J. Praying for you all!

  • Guest: Cheryl Slone

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 19, 2020

    Tina & Beth, prayers are with you during your loss. Many good times with your mom. Remember she was always one of the first in the door at Toy Kingdom when a new doll collection arrived and sharing time with her after tornado. How she loved you two girls and I’m sure she felt same about your family

  • Guest: Sue Cox

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: May 19, 2020

    So very sorry to hear of my long time friend passing .We had lots of fun years ago.Our children grew up together. My thoughts and prayers for Tina and Beth and for all the family .

  • Guest: Sharon Holmes

    From: Carterville , Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    Janice, so sorry to learn of Joyce’s passing. I remember her, as well as the rest of your family, when we were growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sharon Holmes

  • Guest: Tracy Jones Gibson

    From: Carbondale, Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    I have fond memories of your mother when we worked together at Tempo Dept store in the fabric department in 1973-75. I loved the part of the obituary that describes her spunky personality. I would run into her over the years every now and then and we would catch up. God bless the family.

  • Guest: Pam Archer Yarbrough

    From: Carbondale, Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020


    I was sorry to read of your mother’s passing. I remember her being “spunky” and warm hearted. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Guest: Jim and Jane Bales

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    We moved to Marion in 1974 and Joyce was so kind to reach out and befriend us. I recall the tornado that struck her house and injured her. I visited her at the hospital. Although she was concerned about her doll collection she was in good spirits. We enjoyed watching you girls grow up. Our condolences to all the family.

  • Guest: Tammy Kent

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    Tina and Beth,
    My condolences to both of you and your families for the loss of you sweet Mom. I am praying for you and your families during this time of grief. May God’s comfort and peace be with you and your families.

    Tammy Kent

  • Guest: Brian Chaney

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers to all of you.

  • Guest: Bonnie Darter

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    So sorry about your loss. She was a sweet, friendly lady. Many good memories of her when we worked at Tempo years ago. Always good to visit with her.
    Thoughts & Prayers are with you.

  • Guest: Alison Horton

    From: Murphysboro , Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    R.I.H. Ms. Joyce I never forget you

  • Guest: Darlene Feurer

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    Tina and Beth, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a neighbor a long time and I remember her stopping in front of our house to visit while she was out walking her dog. I remember you girls growing up with our daughter. I pray God’s peace for you during this difficult time.

  • Guest: Diana Etheridge

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    So sorry to hear of Joyce’s death. She was a sweet, fun-loving lady.

  • Guest: Charlene Kay (Gulledge) Palkovic

    From: Monument, Colorado

    Date: May 20, 2020

    So many wonderful memories of Joyce while growing-up with Tina & Beth. Joyce always made me laugh! My Mom, sister & I got to know Joyce & her girls @ Aldersgate United Methodist Church. She was a good friend to our Mom, too.
    I know Joyce adored Tina & Beth, and was actively involved in all they did (especially during high school days).
    She was a devoted mother, Christian, and friend.
    I pray that memories of time spent together will comfort her family.
    Tina & Beth, you had a wonderful Mom!
    And, you, both, turned out to be amazing women.
    Love to you

  • Guest: Nancy McShannon

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    Joyce reached out to me many years ago when I was new to this area and Aldersgate. We shared a long friendship and I cherish many memories. My sincere sympathy to her loving family!

  • Guest: Karen Shattuck

    From: Desoto, Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    So many fun memories of this lady. So sad to hear. Prayers of peace for the family.

  • Guest: Jim and Alice Stephan

    From: Aarvada, Colorado

    Date: May 20, 2020

    Janice very sorry for your loss. You have our deepest condolences.

  • Guest: Helen Mallory, Judith Carter, Leah Stallman

    From: Christopher, Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    Beth and Tina,

    So sorry and saddened to hear of Joyce’s passing. We always enjoyed seeing her, when we visited with our mother, Helen, at the Anchor. She was a very loving, kind person: always offering one of her bracelets to her friends, along with a hug. Joyce mentioned her daughters often and said how well-behaved they had been, while she raised them by herself. She was very proud of her girls. We will miss seeing her.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Judy and Leah

  • Guest: Bill and Clairus Pritchett

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: May 20, 2020

    We are so saddened to hear about Joyce’s passing. We hope and pray that you will have strength during this time of grief. Our deepest condolences for an incredibly great loss.

  • Guest: Debbie Cooper Berry

    From: Charlotte , North Carolina

    Date: May 20, 2020

    Condolences to you, Tina and Beth, on your mom’s passing.

  • Guest: Linda J McNeely

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: May 23, 2020

    So sorry to hear about Joyce passing. My sister Vicki and I grew up in Crainville and Joyce lived across from us. We always had a lot fun. We really enjoyed playing paperdolls. We didnt buy them we cut them from catalogs, at the end of the day we would put them in a box and be ready to play the next day. You all will be in our prayers. Linda Emery McNeely

  • Guest: Beverly McClure

    From: Freeman Spur, Illinois

    Date: June 4, 2020

    Rest in peace Joyce. Prayers for your family. Enjoyed working with u at the Post Office.

  • Guest: Terri Hanna

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 5, 2020

    I’m so sorry for you loss. I knew Joyce when she was at Hurricane Creek. She and my mother sat together. She was a wonderful lady.