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Joyce Andrews

August 12, 2020 - 00:00
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Surrounded by her family, Joyce Sundermeier Andrews, 62, died peacefully in her home in Okarche on Aug. 7, 2020.

Joyce is survived by husband Mark Andrews, daughter Ashley Garrett and husband Daniel, granddaughter Lucy Garrett, mother Mary Sundermeier, sister Jo Zadic and husband Mike, sister Jackie Silverstein and husband Gary, sister Janie Gallagher, sister-in-law Rebecca Andrews, brother-in-law Scott Andrews and wife Rhonda, brother-in-law Jack Andrews and wife Janet, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Herbert Sundermeier and sister Julie Sundermeier.

Joyce was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to Herbert and Mary Sundermeier. She graduated from high school in Nashville, Tenn., and later earned an associate’s degree in marketing and merchandising.

Her daughter Ashley was born in 1982 to Joyce and her first husband, Gary Blair.

Through her sister, Julie, Joyce met Mark Andrews and the couple married in February 1991.

Joyce, Mark and Ashley moved to Oklahoma in 1994.

During her career, Joyce managed various retail stores before finding her calling at the Oklahoma City National Memorial where she worked for 16 years. She was the friendly face that people saw as they entered the memorial.

Joyce was a hilarious, fun-loving woman of principle who treated everyone she met with respect. She lived her faith by doing whatever she could for those she found in need, whether that was a meal, a ride to church, a phone call or a hug.

She did this not for praise, but because it was her nature. She will be missed by all those who had the fortune to know and love her.

A rosary and funeral mass are scheduled Saturday, Aug. 15, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Okarche.

The rosary will begin at 9:45 a.m. followed by the funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. Services are in care of Sanders Funeral Service.

Rev. Cory Stanley will officiate the ceremony.

Wearing a mask is encouraged to protect against the spread of the virus. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and/or Russell-Murray Hospice.

The family would like to thank the Russell-Murray Hospice team for their compassion and care.