P.O. Box 506, 943 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR71655

Joyce S. Donaldson
June 29, 1946 - January 17, 2023

Joyce S. Donaldson

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Joyce Donaldson, age 76, of Monticello, AR, passed away on Tuesday, January 17th, 2023, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello, AR.

Joyce's early dreams and aspirations of growing up in the tiny community of Selma were all about family and children. Where other young girls might have dreamed of escaping the rural life of Selma, AR through fortune or fame, Joyce's dreams were more down to earth and guided by her loving heart. Though Joyce never sought fortune, she did get more fame than she bargained for when she said ''I do'' and hitched a life-long ride with truck driver and Monticello socialite George Ervin Donaldson. That 53-year romance fulfilled her dreams of being a supportive loving wife and a doting, supportive mother to three daughters, Teresa Taylor of Greenwood, Georgie Mae Fleming of Monticello and Elizabeth Donaldson of Reno, NV.

In her work life, Joyce was recognized for her work ethic and reliability during her many years at Duracraft and then later at McKiever Packing but she was most happy and content just to be the central figure in the lives of her three beautiful grandchildren; Jordan Kelley and husband Patrick of Barling, Teresa Fleming and Jamie Johnson of Monticello; five great grandchildren, Makynli Meadows, Avery Johnson, Kayben Johnson, Olivia Adams & Bennet Kelley; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents Ruby and Johnny Lindsey; sisters Louise Lindsey, Donna Pricket and Kathrine Donaldson. She is survived by sisters Velma Lindsey and Ouida Carter both of Monticello and two son in laws, Lee Fleming of Monticello and Jim Taylor of Greenwood.

Please join us for visitation from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, January 19, 2023. Graveside services will be held at Flat Creek Cemetery in Fountain Hill at 3:00 p.m. following the viewing. You can sign Mrs. Joyce's guestbook page at www.stephensondearman.com.

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home
943 Highway 425 North
Monticello, AR  71655
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Graveside Service
Thursday, January 19, 2023
at 3:00 p.m.
Flat Creek Cemetery
Fountain Hill, AR  71642
Flat Creek Cemetery
Fountain Hill, AR  71642


  1. Jennifer Groves Stone
    To the family-
    I have so many wonderful memories of Mrs. Joyce. Living next door to Mrs. Ruby for so many years was such a big part of my life. Mrs. Joyce hauled me around and treated me just like her own hahaha. Such a sweet lady who loved her girls more than anything in this world. I pray that God will give you comfort during this time and your mind is flooded with all the good memories. Heaven will be a little sweeter now…Love to all- Jennifer
  2. BettyLou Pymn
    So sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my prayers.
  3. Matthew Platshorn
    From the first day I met Elizabeth she would talk about Joyce with a lightness and love distinct from nearly everyone else who helped to raise her. Joyce was the glue that held her world together. Without her Elizabeth wouldn't be the woman I love today. I'm so grateful for this woman I never got to meet.

    I understand first hand the difficulties of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's. My love and sincerest compliments to George and family. I admire what you did for her and I hope it warms your heart and helps you to let her go to her heavenly father. No one could have done more than you did. God bless you.
  4. Carol Courtney


    So sorry for your loss/
  5. Brenda Reed
    George & Family, so very sorry to hear about Joyce. She was always so nice and she will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you. May God wrap His Loving Arms around you and give you the peace and comfort you need at this time.
  6. Kay Worbington
    I am sorry for your family's great loss! Joyce was always a friendly and very nice person. Her family has my prayers of comfort at this sad time.

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