Funeral services honoring the life of Joyce Elaine Bearden McMillan will be held at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, Louisiana. Visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. until time of the service. Interment will immediately follow at Forest Park Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana.
Joyce Elaine Bearden McMillan was born January 19, 1945 in Indian Head, Maryland and passed away peacefully, Friday, January 1, 2021 in Rockwall, Texas after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Joyce was a devoted wife and mother. She always took great care of her family and loved ones and at one time was a foster mother to two brothers, Randy and Todd. She was the oldest of her sisters, Ada, Dianne and Mickie who supported each other throughout their lives. While her children were at home, she worked as a teacher’s aide and bank teller. Later in life she went back to school to complete her education. She graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University- Shreveport at the age of 51. She became an elementary education teacher before she retired at the age of 63, due to being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was active in the Assembly of God church for many years. She enjoyed singing in the choir and working with the boys’ group, Royal Rangers, specifically, the younger boys in Straight Arrows and Buckaroos. She loved to travel and had a passion for thrifting including going to garage and estate sales. She had an uncanny ability to search out garage sales from all corners of the earth! She will always be remembered for her bubbly personality, her spirit of giving, and her beautiful eyes.
She is preceded in death by her father, Clarence Drinkard; adopted father, Zach Bearden; mother, Peggy Tubbs; brother, Mike Stegall; sisters, Charlene Haynes and Dianne Stokes; her in-laws who treated her like a daughter, Marie Mooneyham McMillan and Paul McMillan and sister-in-law, Judy McMillan.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Tina McMillan-Sweat and husband, Dean; son, Scot McMillan and wife, Mary; her husband of 54 years, Ronald Paul McMillan; sisters, Ada Bearden Semon Duos, Michelle “Mickie” Bearden Brown; brothers, Leamon Stegall and Joe Fuller; grandchildren, Beau Yount, Tracey Yount, Amber Sweat Towery and husband, Glenn, Jacob Yount, Kristpher Schochler and Jana Schochler; great-grandchildren, Cali Grace Yount, Liam Fisher Yount, Elijah Paul Yount and Aurora Sky Yount and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests any donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
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