Joyce Arlene Arnold, 86, Adrian, Missouri, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 16, 2022. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 21, 2022 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Adrian with visitation from 10:00-11:00. Burial to follow in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to Shepherds Ministries, 1805 15th Avenue, Union Grove, WI 53182 or Heartland Hospice.
Joyce was born September 18, 1935 in Butler, Missouri, a daughter of Clarence J. and Opal A. (Giddens) Watts. She was united in marriage to Thomas Raymond Arnold on July 16, 1951 in Adrian, Missouri. To this union, 7 children were born, along with one adopted daughter. Joyce was a housewife and mother all her life. Loving, caring, and sharing were just a few of her attributes. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior in August of 1957. She was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church in Adrian, where she served and attended faithfully until health issues hindered her. She and Tom R. served as foster parents for many years, as well.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Thomas, on November 12, 2007, one brother, Dale Watts, three sons, Tom E., Lester and Phillip, one daughter, Susan Davis, one grandson, Thomas Jacob (TJ), and two great-grandsons, Judah and Triston. Joyce is survived by one son, John Arnold and wife, Debbie of Adrian, three daughters, Beverly Green of Passaic, MO, Brenda Ortiz and husband Pablo of Adrian, and Brenda Sue Arnold of the home. There are 25 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, two brothers, Clarence Watts of Qulin, MO, Delbert Watts and wife Marian of Adrian, MO, son-in-law, Doug Davis and daughter-in-law, Pat Arnold. Many nieces, nephews, family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all. To GOD be the glory.