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Joyce Ruth Carr

August 25, 1931 ~ June 23, 2018 (age 86)
Joyce Carr passed from this life into the next June 23, 2018 from an extended illness. Visitation will be 3-8 pm Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Havenbrook Funeral Home. Services for Joyce will be Friday, June 29, 2018 at 11:00 am at Havenbrook Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Doug Runyon officiating. Burial will follow at Norman I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Joyce was born August 25, 1931 in Norman, during the Great Depression to Vara and Joseph Cox. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Joseph Lindel Cox. Coming from humble beginnings, Joyce worked her way through college, earning a BFA from Bethany Peniel College-1954, BA-1956 and an MFA-1973 from the University of Oklahoma. After teaching in Tacoma, WA, San Diego, CA, and Dibble, OK, she went on to teach art and history for 28 years at Norman Central Jr. High and Central Mid High. She wrote art curriculum for the state of Oklahoma to teach kids to connect to art through art history. As a professional educator, her goal was to reach every child through their unique learning styles. She was known to greet everyone with “Hey Kid”!

Anyone who met her would say, she was a force of nature. She was a champion of women’s rights, public education and the Retired Teachers of Oklahoma. As a two term Norman City Council Woman, she served as Mayor Pro Tem and was central in establishing the Norman Women’s Resource Center. She also served on the Norman Fire House Art Station Board of Trustees. She belonged to the Oklahoma Education Association and was former Vice President of Oklahoma Retired Educator’s Association. She continuously lobbied for education funding, teacher pay, and retired educator’s benefits. She was instrumental in writing the grant for the Norman Teacher’s Center and an original member of the OEA Women’s Cadre for Leadership.

Joyce was a current member of Trinity Nazarene Church, founding member of Norman Grace Nazarene Church, and Norman First Nazarene Church.

She is survived by her sister, Betty Jo Cox-Schmitt of Norman; two daughters, Wenda G. Carr, Camilla J. Etheridge and husband William Etheridge, both of Norman; two sons John P. Carr and wife Audra Carr of Forney, TX; Gregory A. Carr and wife Rhonda Ingersol-Carr of Bartlesville, OK; eight grandchildren, Wendella Williams, Sierra Etheridge-Drake, Miriel Etheridge, Gabriel Carr, Avery Ingersol-Carr, Ivy Carr, Emily Carr, and Ellie Carr; three great-grandchildren, Gianna Williams, Olivia and Alma Drake.

We will miss you desperately mom.
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