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Joyce M. Handcock

June 14, 1926 - May 5, 2012

Joyce M. Handcock, age 85 of Kadoka, died Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.
Joyce M. Mansfield was born June 14, 1926, at Niobrara, Neb., the youngest of 11 children born to Ben and Leafy (Larson) Mansfield. In March 1929, she moved with her family to Bennett County, where she attended all eight grades at the Pass Creek School, and high school at Martin, graduating from Bennett County High School in 1944.
Joyce was united in marriage to Donald Handcock on June 17, 1944, at Martin, and to this union were born four children, Ben, Bonnie, Kathy, and Maurice. They made their home in Long Valley where they were engaged in farming. In April of 1950, they moved from Donald’s family’s homestead to a farm one mile north of Long Valley.
Her husband, Donald, preceded her in death on October 22, 1988. Joyce remained at the ranch until September 2005, when she moved into the Kadoka Nursing Home, where she resided until her death.
Joyce was a charter member of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Long Valley. She was an active member of the Lutheran Ladies Aid and served on the church council for many years. Through her strength, courage, and determination, she was an inspiration to her entire family.
Survivors include two sons, Ben Handcock and his wife, Patsy, of Pierre, and Maurice Handcock and his wife, Cathie, of Kadoka; two daughters, Bonnie Ferguson and her husband, Owen, of Long Valley, and Kathy Rock and her husband, Jim, of Long Valley; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, John A. “Bert” Mansfield and his wife, Eulalia, of Martin; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Donald, Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, LaReta Blankenfeld, Moyne McGee and Betty Ireland; six brothers, Dale, Dean and Bill Mansfield, and three infant brothers, Ben, Glen and Louis Mansfield.
Funeral services were held Wednesday May 9, at the Kadoka City Auditorium in Kadoka with Pastor Art Weitschat and Father Bryan Sorensen officiating.
Music was provided by Tayta West, Kassidy Ferguson and Kwincy Ferguson, vocalists, and Milton Handcock, vocalist.
Ushers were Branden West, Aaron King, Preston Patterson and Colton McDaniel.
Pallbearers were Milton, Marlon, Tucker, Tyler and Tanner Handcock, Brandon and Brice Rock and Josh Ferguson. Honorary pallbearers were Noell Uhlir, Tia Pugh, Tara King, Tayta West, Bailey Patterson and Abbi McDaniel.
Interment was in the Long Valley Community Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Kadoka Nursing Home.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com