Joyce Wood Cantrell

August 28, 1938 - April 4, 2024

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Joyce was born on August 28, 1938, in Flora, Illinois to Evelyn and John Wortham. She passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 4, 2024. Joyce was married to Harold Eugene Cantrell on August 26, 1956, in Flora Illinois. She and Harold lived a loving and long marriage of 61 years. After their first year in Dania Beach Florida, they relocated to Rock Falls Illinois in 1960.

Joyce worked for Northwestern Steel and Wire for 27 years as executive assistant for the Dillon Family and became their major purchasing agent. Active in the Methodist Church and Rock River Assembly of God as well as all her husbands’ athletic activities including softball, park district, Women’s auxiliary for Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball.

She loved and cared for two sones, Jon Anson and Michael Lee while in Rock Falls. Joyce and Harold loved to travel and made many vacations with their boys during the 60’s and 70’s. She also cared for Harold during many health battles throughout their lives together. She was an English language specialist and a stenographer who journaled and recorded their lives and activities daily.

Joyce and Harold retired to Flagler Beach in 1990 after they had both retired. They both became active in First Baptist Church of Flagler Beach with Joyce helping with the office accounting and finance departments and staff. She and Harold loved the beach, their family, the ocean, dining out and playing dominoes and marbles with friends, but most of all the things of God.

Joyce was a member of the Flagler Beach Red Hatters, loved the Garage Sales, Shopping, and cooking for family and Church events. She was a prayer warrior and had a servant’s heart for her family and community.

Joyce was preceded in death by her mother and father John and Evelyn Worthan, Sister Billie Benson and Brother-in-law Tom Benson, her husband and best friend Harold Cantrell. Harolds parents Esther and Rex Cantrell, Harolds Sister Saundra, and husband Jim Wright. She is survived by her sister Rose Thomson and brother-in-law Marvin Thomson. Jon and Phyllis Cantrell, Michael and Shayla Cantrell, 8 grandchildren, Katie (Cantrell) Ewing and Michael Ewing, Jennifer (Cantrell) Waynick and Robert Waynick, Danielle (Cantrell) Garner and Brandon Garner, Madison Cantrell, Rylee Cantrell, Noah Cantrell, Sadie Cantrell and Jaxon Cantrell. 9 Great Grandchildren: Ewings/ Judah, Zachary, Haddassah, Luke, Anna and Sophia, Waynick/Zoey and Dylan, Garner/Claire. Funeral arrangements will be planned for Saturday, June 15, 11:00am at First Baptist Church in Flagler Beach at 300 North Central Avenue in Flagler Beach, Florida 32136

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