OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Joyce Fae Nye, 86, joined her family in heaven on March 5, 2013, in Oklahoma City.
Born in Oakley, she was the eldest of seven children born to Charles Verner Fechner and Thelma Irene Walker Fechner.
Joyce loved to read and as a child spent many hours rocking a cradle with her foot while losing herself in the pages of her favorite books. She met her future husband, Harold R. Nye, when she was in the third grade and he was in the fourth grade. During high school they played cornets in the school band challenging each other for first seat.
Following World War II, they married and made their home on a small farm near Oakley. About a year later Harold started his law enforcement career as night marshal in Oakley. Following Harold’s retirement from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, they moved to Oklahoma City where they owned several businesses.
She is survived by her children, Terrolynn (Terri) E. Hurley and husband Art, Holyrood; and Ronald R. Nye and Lecia, Oklahoma City; two sisters, Nancy Darlene Wright, Aurora, Colo.; Joellen Schaffer, Omaha, Neb.; and a brother Bill Fechner, Barstow, Okla.; three grandchildren, Camron R. Nye, Oklahoma City, Chimera Cook, St. Louis, Mo.; and William Humphries, Oklahoma City; four great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sisters, Bettie Tillitson and Janice Dreher and a brother, Donald Fechner.
At Joyce’s request, no services were held. Inurnment will take place in the Oakley Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Young Adult Department of the Great Bend Public Library.
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, May 5, 2013 *