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Joyce Eggleston, 88

Joyce Mary Olsen (Hardy) Eggleston, age 88, of Long Prairie, formerly of Litchfield and Dassel, died Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Long Prairie.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, July 15 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Carolyn Pflibsen officiating. Interment of the urn will take place on a later date at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

There will be a one-hour visitation prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Humane Society.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

Joyce was born Oct. 6, 1928, in Madison, MN, the daughter of Harry and Irene (Bryant) Olsen. In 1929, the family moved to Belgrade, where they lived on a farm during the Depression years.

In 1939, the family moved to Dassel, where Joyce grew up, and graduated from Dassel High School in 1946. She then attended St. Cloud University, where she received her teaching degree in 1950.

Joyce was united in marriage to Jack Hardy July 31, 1949, at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

Joyce began her teaching career in Belgrade, teaching second grade. Joyce and Jack moved to Dassel in 1950, where Joyce taught kindergarten at the Dassel Elementary, retiring in 1985, after 34 years of teaching.

A dedicated educator, Joyce loved teaching the children in her care. She believed in education, and had continued her schooling by receiving her masters of education degree.

Joyce was united in marriage to Wallace Eggleston Aug. 1, 1982. The couple made their home in Litchfield. They enjoyed traveling to many different places around the country.

Joyce was a master gardener, and had planted her front yard in a vibrant array of colorful flowers and plants.

A member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel for over 40 years. Joyce loved music, was an avid pianist, and sang in the Gethsemane Lutheran church choir. She had also served on the Gethsemane church council.

She enjoyed outdoor activities, taking car trips with her children, playing tennis, cross country skiing, and going for walks with her dog, “Chloe.”

Joyce was dedicated to her kids and they always had a fondness for her in their hearts.

She is survived by her daughter, Julie (Peter) Warnes, of Alexandria; four grandchildren: Kerry (John) Beoletto, Jack (Krissy) Taff, Charles (Valerie) Warnes, and Jolynn Warnes; six great-grandchildren, Jonas and Isabella Beoletto, Jace Kelly, Trevor Taff, and Elijah and Gabriel Warnes; and a sister, Audrey Lovell of California.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husbands, Jack in November of 1977, and Wallace in August of 2000; her children, Jay Hardy May 21, 2014, and Jill Taff Aug. 31, 2015; her parents; a brother, Harry Jr. Olsen; and a half-brother, Frank “Olsen” Eicher.

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