Joyce Eileen Walker Stephenson, 89, formerly of Mexico, Missouri, passed away on December 9, 2017 at Bethany Home in Lindsborg, Kansas.  She was born in Oxford, Kansas on August 20, 1928 to William and Inez (Lowry) Walker.  

Joyce graduated as Salutatorian in Oxford, Kansas and attended Kansas University where she was a mathematics major.  Joyce married Melvin L. (Bob) Stephenson in Lawrence, Kansas on September 11, 1949.  Joyce and Bob moved to Mexico, Missouri the day after their wedding and purchased the Hoxsey Hotel.  They were in the hotel- motel and food business in Mexico for 40 years.  Joyce was a member of the Mexico United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed playing Bridge, traveling, golf, spending time with family, and going to Florida during winter months.    

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, of 64 years, her parents and 3 brothers; James, Bill, and Richard.  

Joyce is survived by 6 children: Robert (Susan) Stephenson, The Villages, FL; Bill Stephenson, Mexico, Mo.; Joy (David) Janis, Lindsborg, KS; Tracy (Dave) Wilmshorst, Raymore, MO; Mark (Holly) Stephenson, Dickinson, TX,  Brian (Shawna) Stephenson, Mexico ,MO.; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.  

There will be a family graveside service on April 7, 2018 in Mexico, MO.  The family requests memorials in her name to the Mexico United Methodist Church, 122 E. Promenade, Mexico, MO., 65265.