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Celebration of Life

Hawarden United Methodist Church
Saturday November 27th, 2021

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Joyce A. Hummel

Joyce Harris Hummel, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law and friend, passed away November 27, 2019, at Hillcrest Health Care Services in Hawarden, Iowa.
Daughter of Ethelyn and Evan Harris, she was born May 19, 1930, at the Akron Hospital. She graduated from Akron High School in 1949.
Joyce raised a family of four, and also worked and volunteered outside the home. In the 1950’s she was a secretary at the Berkley Bedell Fishing Company of Spirit Lake, Iowa. In the following decades, she worked at Hawarden Lumber Company, in the Sioux County Magistrate’s Office, and then for the Clerk of Court, State of Iowa, until her retirement in 1996. In retirement, Joyce was a volunteer at the West Sioux Community Schools and a treasurer for the Hawarden Hospital Auxiliary.
Joyce loved to cheer on her kids’ high school athletic teams. She was an ardent fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes football and basketball teams. She enjoyed bridge, summer golf league and coffee at the Central Café with her countless dear friends. Joyce was a longtime active member of the Hawarden United Methodist Church. More than anything, she was devoted to her family, cherished her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was first in line to lend a helping hand whenever and wherever there was a need. She was a second mom to many. Her cinnamon rolls were legendary.
Survivors include Brian (Kristin) Hummel of Fort Myers, Fl; Brad (Jenni) Hummel of Austin, Tx; Becky Hummel of Littleton, Co; and Barbara (Xavier Coll) Hummel of Barcelona, Spain; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Stanley, Gaynor and Orville (her twin); and sister, Helen Palmer.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at the United Methodist Church in Hawarden at 1:00 p.m. Visitation with the family will be while having refreshments following the service at the church. The family is respectfully requesting masks be worn during the memorial service and visitation.
Her family requests for a lasting tribute to Joyce, that donations be made to the United Methodist Church in Hawarden in Joyce’s name.
Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

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Our sympathies to your family. My father, Tom McGill, was the Sioux County Magistrate when Joyce worked in the office. Dad held Joyce in very high regard and enjoyed the years of working with her. He had many stories about their days in court. God bless your family as you remember Joyce.

Mary Pat Miller Nov 21 2021 11:59 AM


A life well lived is a precious gift
Of hope and strength and grace,
From someone who has made our world
A brighter, better place.
It's filled with moments, sweet and sad
With smiles and sometimes tears,
With friendships formed and good times shared
And laughter through the years.
A life well lived is a legacy
Of joy and pride and pleasure,
A living, lasting memory
Our grateful hearts will treasure.
(Author unknown)

My Auntie Joyce exemplified this poem. Her enthusiastic dedication to Family, Service and Community was unwavering.
We had numerous family gatherings throughout the years between the Harris family farm and the Hummel household in Hawarden. Auntie Joyce was always a gracious hostess and made sure everyone felt loved. Her positive attitude and loving-kindness was infectious. She was a Matriarch of our family, surviving many years past her siblings. We will miss our Joyce so much but knowing she has reunited with her family in heaven brings joyful tears.
We are grateful for your Life Well Lived, sweet Aunt. You have set the bar high.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to my cousins, family and friends. May God's Love bring you Peace and Comfort.

Marcia Harris DeBruin and Irene Harris Mandelko Dec 4 2019 12:00 AM

Our sincere condolences to all of Joyce's family. She was a great lady, with a welcome smile and a kind heart. I have many menories of Joyce, and she has made me a better person. Our thoughts and prayers are with her children and their families, and other extended relatives. "Death seperates us from the ones we love; but, it is the vividness of memories that keeps them alive forever". May she live forever in your hearts and minds. God Bless.
Rick and Carol Salberg

Carol Salberg Nov 30 2019 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies are extended to the entire Hummel family in the loss of your mother, Joyce.
She was a class act and always held her head up with pride and joy.
I will always remember fond memories of her.
May she rest in peace.
Rodd and Gwen Holtkamp

rodd Holtkamp Nov 29 2019 12:00 AM

Your Mother Joyce, Is such a joy to visit with and our community will miss her greatly. I love your mom, Sincerly Brenda Finch

Brenda Finch Nov 27 2019 12:00 AM