Joyce Lea Anthony, age 85, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Monday, November 21, 2022, at the Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. She was born November 28, 1936, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of Thomas E. Phillips and Lucy A. King. From an early age, Joyce was raised by her mother and step-father, Sherman Love. Joyce graduated from the Ft. Scott High School with the Class of 1954. She married Bill Anthony on May 24, 1963, at Ft. Scott. When her daughter, Leota, was growing up, Joyce supported her musical endeavors. She was also active with the Girl Scouts and helped with the PTA. Music was always an important part of Joyce’s life. For many years she managed the Ernie Williamson’s Music Store located on North Main Street in Ft. Scott. She also enjoyed listening to Leota’s music students work on their lessons. Joyce loved to make blankets and quilts. Many a child has been the recipient of one of Joyce’s baby blankets or hair bows. She was a member of the Community of Christ Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Leota Lucy Anthony, of Ft. Scott and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, on January 11, 2004. She was also preceded in death by a son, Billy Jay Anthony; her parents; a sister, Clara May Hawkins and two brothers, Robert Love and Johnny Love, Sr.
Robert and Cathy Clark will conduct funeral services at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, November 26th at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Community of Christ Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.