Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot hear. Life begins like an open book with many blank pages each day as we live. Our deeds are recorded page by page until we close our eyes in death to await that great resurrection morning.
Joyce Ann Curtis-Jones began to fill the pages of her book when she was born on Sept. 15, 1955, to Robert Lee and Argertha Marie Curtis in McAlester. She accepted Christ at an early age, was baptized and became a member of the Church of Christ in McAlester. She graduated from McAlester High School in 1973.
One of her greatest interest was to take care of the sick so she pursued a career in the nursing field. She attended nursing classes at Kiamichi Area Vo-Tech School in McAlester and in May 1978, she was awarded her Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) certificate by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. She dedicated her life of service in taking care of the sick for 40 years. In 1988 she moved to Shawnee and married Victor Jones. She was employed at Shawnee Medical Center, University Hospital in Oklahoma City, Mission Hill Hospital in Shawnee, and at Veterans Hospital in Oklahoma City, where she retired in 2016.
Joyce was preceded in death by her father, Robert Curtis; her sister, Iva Jean Boles; her maternal grandparents, Priscilla and Alonzia Moton, and paternal grandparents, Ora and William Curtis.
She leaves to cherish her memories, a daughter and son, Michele Wilburn, of Oklahoma City, and Jerome Wilburn and Yvonne, of Shawnee; seven grandsons, Dante Gordon, of Oklahoma City, Isaiah Young, of Oklahoma City, O'Shea Wilburn, of Shawnee, Monty Wilburn, of Bethel, Dynamite Wilburn, of the home, and Xavier and Quentin Grass, of Shawnee; three granddaughters, Shanquise Gordon, of Oklahoma City, M'Abelle Wilburn, of Shawnee, and Isabelle Wilburn, of the home; one great-granddaughter, Laila Gordon, of Oklahoma City; her mother, Argertha Curtis, of McAlester; three sisters, Zella Oliver and James, of Edmond, Janice Smith and Jim, of Shawnee, and Vicki Ellis and Carl, of Oklahoma City; three brothers, Victor Curtis and Twila, of Oklahoma City, David Curtis, of Oklahoma City, and Kerry Curtis, of Atlanta Georgia, and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives. Also, cherishing her memories are four special friends, Belinda Mason, of Oklahoma City, LaVerne Price, of Chicago, Illinois, Edna Payne, of Shawnee, and Stephanie Hayes, of Oklahoma City.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 24, at Bishop Chapel of Memories. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Published on March 23, 2017