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Joyce Vietta (Cotham) Risner

Joyce Vietta ( Cotham) Risner, 94, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, passed away on December 31, 2023 in Thayer, Missouri. She was born August 3, 1929, in the Township of Ash Grove of Oregon county, Missouri to Almous and Gladys Cotham. Joyce married the love of her life, Herbert Lee Risner on November 1, 1947, in Pocahontas, Arkansas. From this union of 61 years, three children were born: James Lewis Risner, Hazel Berniece Pendarvis, and Deniece Pierce.

Joyce enjoyed sewing clothes, making Afghans, and many other items for her family. She adored her flowers. Joyce spent her whole life working to be with her lord in heaven and attended the Church of Christ since she was a young child.  Joyce was best friends with her aunt that was very close to her in age, and we believe Bonnie is together with her again. She especially loved her family and took care of all of us the best that she could.

Joyce is survived by her children; James, Hazel and Deniece, grandchildren; Larry Pendarvis, Bryan Risner, Andrea (Pierce) Thompson, Brent Risner, and Josh Pierce, twenty great-grandchildren, several great, great-grandchildren, four sisters-in-law, several cousins and one Aunt.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, Almous and Gladys Cotham, her husband, Herbert Risner, grandson, Bradley Risner, sister Jerry Ann Combs, brothers, James Dearyl Cotham, and Gary Dean Cotham, her special Aunt Bonnie Agee, many relatives and loved ones.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that Memorial be made to the St. Jude: Memorial Processing, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, TN, 38105-9959

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel of Thayer, Missouri. Services with be officiated by Preacher Erman Croney and pallbearers will be Bryan Risner, Larry Pendarvis, Josh Pierce, Brent Risner, Eric Thompson, and Brandon Pendarvis.

    Burial will be at the Thayer Cemetery of Thayer, Missouri on Saturday, January 6, 2023.