Joy Ann (Viles) Howell-McInturf, 89 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska (formerly Stamford)

Courtesy/Nelson Bauer Funeral Home

Celebration of Life Services for Joy A. McInturf will be held on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the New Wine Fellowship Church in Orleans, Nebraska with Pastor Lana Dake officiating. Inurnment will be held at the Stamford Cemetery at Stamford, Nebraska following the services.

Joy Ann (Viles) Howell-McInturf, 89 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska (formerly Stamford) passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege. She was born November 23, 1924 in Holdrege, the fourth of five children born to George "Dick" and Ethel Belle (Smith) Viles. She received her education from Holdrege Public Schools.

On June 6, 1942, she was united in marriage to Raymond Dwight Howell and to this union three daughters were born: Billie Jean, Patty Ann and Connie Rae. Her husband, Raymond served in the military and passed away at the Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado as a result of complications from the Korean War. During their marriage, Joy enjoyed the military life of moving and meeting many people throughout his career in the service. Joy became a member of the Gold Star Wives, a membership of widows who lost their husbands as the result of their service. After Raymond's passing, Joy began to make her home in Holdrege and found her employment at Noble Drug as an outlet and enjoyment.

On August 6, 1956, Joy was united in marriage to Glenn McInturf and to this union one daughter was born: Shelly Lynn. They made their home on a farm west of Stamford. At this time, Joy was employed by the Walker Post Manor in Oxford, and then Becton-Dickinson in Holdrege for several years. Joy enjoyed her home, tending to her yard, gardening and most of all the time spent with her family.

Joy became a member and was baptized in the EUB Church southwest of Stamford and later became a member of the Evangelical Free Church in Stamford until its closing and most recently attended the New Wine Fellowship in Orleans when she was able.

Besides her parents, and her two husbands; Joy was preceded in death by four brothers: George Viles and his wife, Blanche, Edward Viles and his two wives: Peggy and Ad, and Earl Viles and his wife, June and one brother in infancy; sister-in-law, Evelyn Haag and her husband, Alfred; and brothers-in-law: Maurice Couse, Ed Walker, and Bill McInturf.

Joy is survived by her four daughters: Billie Jean Lans and her husband, Dean, Patty Tams and her husband, Gayle all of Stamford, Connie Frear of Holdrege, and Shelly Rapp and her husband, Brian of Grand Island, Nebraska; 9 grandchildren: Mike Lans and his wife, Tami, Christine Nelson and her husband, Ronnie, Tracy Kauk and her husband, Troy, Gina Brown and her husband, Jim, Judy Beck and her husband, Richard, Sheila Hansen, Gary Frear and his wife, Melanie, Aaron McInturf and Joshua Rapp; 21 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Wavalee Couse of McCook, Nebraska, Bonna Walker of Holdrege, and Bessie McInturf of Omaha, Nebraska; brother-in-law, Gary Howell and his wife, Deloris of Aurora, Nebraska; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

There will be no visitation as the family is honoring Joy's wish for cremation.

A memorial has been established in Joy's honor and kindly suggested to the Disabled American Veterans of Nebraska.
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The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home of Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

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