Viola Joyce Byers

July 17, 1932 ~ May 29, 2024

Viola Joyce Byers, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister, passed away peacefully on May 29, 2024, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Born on July 17, 1932, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, she was the daughter of Elvin W. and Olive Miller Higgins.

Joyce graduated from Van Nuys High School in Van Nuys, California. She dedicated her life to her family as a homemaker and later worked as a bookkeeper at various banks while her children were in school. Her nurturing spirit extended beyond her family as she served as a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout Leader during her children’s youth.

A devout member of the Methodist Church, Joyce was known for her green thumb in the garden, her love for reading, and her adventurous spirit, which led her to enjoy traveling in their motor home and hiking. She will be remembered as a great cook, even though she didn’t like to!

Joyce’s memory will be cherished by her children: Steven Merle Byers (Robin) of Burke, VA, Richard Elvin Byers (Patricia) of Woodbridge, VA, Deanna Fruge (Shelby, deceased) of Lake Charles, LA, and Virginia Joyce Byers (Richard) of Clarksville, TN; her grandchildren: Brandon Fruge (Aungelina), Bethany Basden (Logan), Gregory Ross Byers, and Jason Merle Byers (Michelle); as well as her great-grandchildren: William Basden, Mary Basden, Atlas Fruge, and one Baby Byers on the way.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Donald M. Byers, and her sisters, Elva Jane Bentz and Wilburta Jenkins.

Cremation has been entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. The inurnment of her ashes will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

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  1. So many great memories of camping, road trips, beach trips, Sunday BBQs, and family board games! You were always classy and elegant on the arm of your beloved and the fun, adventurous mom and Oma while traveling the country and the world and sharing your smile. Personally, I have lost a wonderful friend, advisor and partner in crime to fun adventures. Miss and love you forever.

  2. Love ❤️ you, Aunt Joyce 💔
    I remember when you & Uncle Don and our family went camping together. You would always read those descriptions of what we were looking at. We had so much fun. You were always so kind. Please Rest in Peace.

  3. Candle 1Dearest Deana and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing! I only had the pleasure of meeting her once. She was lovely! I know she will be missed by many. May the thoughts and memories of her bring you comfort. My prayers are with you.

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