Joanna Joyce Mohr, 97, of Longview, Texas passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loved ones on Thursday, January 23, 2020. Joyce was born in Dallas, Texas on July 29, 1922, to her father, Jesse George Loving and mother, Joyce Williams Loving.
Joyce was quite the lady. She never left the house without her make-up on and her hair fixed. Her shoes and her purse always had to match her clothes. To many of us, she was grandma, as she never liked the name "granny." We could always get her going when we called her granny. By the time great-grandkids were coming along, she had to have a new name. Some called her GiGi for Great Grandma, but others couldn't quite say GiGi and said KeKe, and that's what stuck. She loved it, and she was KeKe from there on out. If you were to ask each one of us our fondest memory of KeKe, every answer will be different; but the theme of those answers would run the same, and that is KeKe invested time in us. She loved spending time with her family. Whether it be teaching us to play the piano, showing us how to sew or how to read, KeKe invested in us.
As a woman who earned her Master's degree in a time when women's education was not well heard of, she showed us the importance of getting an education. She was able to provide for herself all of her life. The last thing KeKe wanted was to be a burden on anyone. She didn't want anyone having to pay for her and would get down right insulted if you tried to buy her a meal. She was able to stay home and take care of herself up until the last two weeks of her life; and when she finally started needing a lot of help, we knew it wouldn't be long before KeKe would leave us.
A Life Celebration funeral services will be held Wednesday, January29, 2020, in the Chapel of Welch Funeral Home at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
She is preceded in death by both parents as well as her brothers, George and Calvin Loving and her eldest son, Robert Mohr.
She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Simcox (Randy); and son, William Mohr (Lori); granddaughters, Stacy Adams (Rob); Monni Gary (Jim); Caryn Mohr; and grandsons, Scott Simcox (Jessica) and Robert Mohr (Ruth); as well as 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
KeKe, we love you. We will miss you. We take comfort in knowing you are with Jesus and that we will see you again someday. Who you are and your legacy lives on in us. The things that you taught us growing up have stayed with us. When we think of those life lessons, we all think of you and smile. Every single time. We smile.