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Joyce O. Newton, 79

Joyce Olivia Newton, age 79, of Marshall, formerly of Russell, Howard Lake, and Florence, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at the McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

She was born May 25, 1932, in Tracy, to Palmer and Myrtle (Miller) Johnson. Joyce was baptized into the Lutheran faith. She was confirmed at English Lutheran Church in Cottonwood.

Joyce was united in marriage to Jacob Charles Newton March 5, 1951, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. After the couple’s marriage, they farmed outside of Florence until November of 1963, when they moved to Russell.

In 1979, they moved to Howard Lake, and lived there until returning to Russell in 1995.

Jake passed away Feb. 8, 2010, and shortly after his death, Joyce moved to Marshall.

Joyce worked at the Russell School and did daycare.

Her enjoyments in life included crocheting and embroidery, reading, playing cards and doing puzzles, puzzle books, watching sports on TV, cooking and food, fishing, going to the casino, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Joyce was a faithful member of Grace First Parish in Russell at the time of her death.

She is survived by six children, Kathryn (and Tom) Staniszewski, of Aurora, SD, Julie Roby of Marshall, Criss (and Rhonda) Newton of Tyler, Dana (and Becky) Newton of Newton, KS, Eric (and Vicki) Newton of Chanhassen, and Jill (and Lane) Petersen, of Tyler; grandchildren Melanie, Rhea (and Brent Schumacher), Neil and Scott Staniszewski, Emily, Elliot, Ava, Brooks, Brett and Taylor Newton, and Kaitlin, McKensie and Rhaegyn Petersen; two great-grandchildren, Jacob McGlachlin and Kai Schumacher; and a brother, Marvin Johnson, of Kirkwood, MO.

In addition to her husband, Jake, Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Barbara Newton; two infant daughters, one named Peggy Sue; two grandsons, Jeremy Thovson and Matthew Roby; three sisters, Donna Johnson, Shirley Dardis, and Betty Campion; and a brother, Wallace Johnson.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grace First Parish in Russell. Interment will be at a later date in the Opdal Cemetery.

Visitation was Friday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and continued Saturday, one hour prior to the funeral service.

Arrangements were by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Condolences may be sent to www.hamiltonfh.com.