MIDLAND, TEXAS — Joyce Marie (Ewald) Leiker, 86, Midland, Texas, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 4, 2016. Joyce was born March 17, 1930 in Great Bend to Smith Joseph Ewald and Rose E. Schartz. She graduated from Ellinwood High School in 1948 and married the love of her life, Daniel J. Leiker, on June 7, 1949 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ellinwood. She was a dedicated mom and homemaker while living in Bushton and St. John.
In 1967 she moved to Kermit, Texas, and enjoyed working outside of the home with Avon and in retail sales with Montgomery Wards and Fashion Shop. Joyce and Dan moved to Midland in 1982 where she worked in sales at Dunlap’s before retiring in January 1988.
After retirement and traveling, Joyce and Dan served as Eucharistic ministers at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Midland for several years. Joyce’s love of her faith was demonstrated by her kindness to all who knew her. She will be missed by her family and all her friends at Manor Park.
She is survived by her three sons: Merle and wife Christine of Midland, Texas; Loren and wife Cathy of McKinney, Texas; and Gary of Lubbock, Texas; three grandchildren: Gabriel Leiker and wife Melissa of Lubbock, Texas; John Leiker and wife Amy of Morgantown, W.V.; and Angela Austin and husband Gene of Odessa, Texas; and seven great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Leiker; and daughter, Sandra Louise Leiker.
A Rosary service will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle and Welch Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 at 2 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Serenity Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be donated to St Stephen’s Catholic Church in Midland or Helping Hands in Midland, Texas.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
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3800 N Big Spring St
Midland, TX 79710
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 7, 2016