Funeral services for Joyce Benson, 86, of Brownwood, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 18 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Gouldbusk Cemetery. The family will receive friends fro 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Benson passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at her home surrounded by family.

Joyce Benson was born on Jan. 5, 1932 in Gouldbusk to Nathan J. and Eva (Fields) Woods. She attended school at Bangs and married Amon Benson on Dec. 23, 1948 in Brownwood. Joyce worked for Brownwood ISD at Northwest Elementary for 19 years before retiring in 1994. She was a Methodist by faith. She loved to travel and take care of her pets.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 69 years, Amon Benson; two daughters, Debbie Gotcher of Brownwood and Brenda Powell and husband Roy of Grape Creek; three grandchildren, Melissa Phillips and husband David of Early, Randy Powell and wife Bridget of San Antonio and Scotty Gotcher of Brownwood; five great-grandchildren, Collin Phillips, Zoe Phillips, Trevor Phillips, Rowan Powell and Sage Powell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two siblings, Elmer Woods and Catherine Waldrop.

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