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October 21, 2010


Joyce Irene Weaver, 101, of Memphis, Missouri, who was looking forward to her next birthday on Friday, passed away Saturday morning, October 16, 2010, at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. The daughter of Louis C. and Dolly Anderson Rhody, she was born on October 22, 1908 in Lee County, Iowa.

On November 3, 1926 she was united in marriage to Robert Edson Weaver, husband of 54 years. They farmed outside of Memphis raising both livestock and crops.

She was very active in the community serving as Worthy Matron in the Order of the Eastern Stars of both Memphis and Rutledge chapters, where she had received a 50 year pen. She helped organize the Order of Rainbow for Girls serving as Mother Advisor for ten years, and had been in the Grand Cross of Color. She was active in the Chapter C of the P. E. O. in Memphis serving as president during her tenure. She served on other boards including the Library Board for many years, Girl Scouts and a 4-H sewing leader. She was a loyal member of the United Methodist Church in Memphis serving on many boards there until her health prevented her from attending. She also found time to make each one of her grandchildren a quilt as she loved to do hand work.

Those preceding her in death include her husband, her parents, one sister, Blanche Loges and one brother, Conrad Rhody.

Surviving relatives include two daughters, Ellen Margaret Mishra of Dillon, South Carolina and Marilyn Gerdes and her husband Dean of Warsaw, Illinois; six grandchildren, Meera Shinn and her husband David of Sanford, North Carolina, Sean Mishra and his wife Earlee of Albany, Oregon, Sheela Mishra of Sanford, North Carolina, David Mishra of Kirksville, Missouri, Melissa Gerdes of Warsaw, Illinois and Erik Gerdes of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; 12 great- and step-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, all of which she loved and adored. She is also survived by two sisters, Eva Kirchner of Donnellson, Iowa and Lucille Boyd of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa as well as several nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to the Memphis United Methodist Church, P.E.O., or the American Heart Association and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis. Officiating the service will be Rev. Charles Hammack. Interment will follow in the Kahoka Cemetery.

Eastern Star services were held Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m. at the Payne Funeral Chapel conducted by the Rutledge Chapter # 343 of Rutledge, Missouri.

Pallbearers will be Gale and Roger Logas, Steve Weaver, Phillip Gaffney, John Kirchner and Rodney Sturtevant. Musicians will be Joan Hinds, organist and Anna Lynn Kirkpatrick, soloist.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by logging on to Payne's website at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Payne Funeral Chapel Payne in Memphis.

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Copyright © 2001
Memphis Democrat
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Memphis MO 63555
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