Joyce Henry MaederOctober 12, 1932 ~ September 14, 2018 (age 85)
On the morning of October 12, 1932, John G. Henry walked down the main street of Glasco, Kansas, where the American flags were flying, and thought it was in celebration of his new baby daughter born that morning to his wife, Maud Fry Henry, at their little home. Thus began the life of this vibrant red head, Joyce Henry, from the small town in Cloud County to Wichita, KS and throughout her interesting life, living in communities all over the U.S. Growing up in Wichita, Joyce attended Riverside, John Marshall, and graduated from North High School in 1950 and went on to be a Jayhawk at the University of Kansas, graduating in Fine Arts in 1954 where she began a career as a fashion illustrator. At the same time, Joyce earned a teaching degree from Wichita University and enjoyed teaching high school art. While teaching at Shawnee Mission East in Kansas City, a friend introduced her to Richard Maeder, the love of her life. They married on December 21, 1958 at Central Christian Church in Wichita.
A seasonal position at Mount Rushmore began their career together with the National Park Service and the Department of Interior. Dick’s first assignment was Historian at the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida, where they lived in a historic house made of shell. From there, Joyce and Richard continued to have rich experiences in Washington DC, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Hot Springs, Yorktown and various National Parks and historic sites across the country, moving with their 2 children Julie and John. They ended this career together with a final posting at the Virgin Islands National Park, before retiring back to Wichita Kansas to be close to her parents and sister again in College Hill.
Joyce was always an active member of every community in which she lived and made friends easily. Her jovial spirit and dedication were displayed with extensive volunteer work that spanned many passions and interests, from AAUW state officer, National Park Service Women President, Alpha DeltaPhi Sorority active alumni, the Unitarian Church, Wichita Art Museum docent and board member, Girl Scouts President, Planned Parenthood and a variety of Arts Foundations and Guilds Joyce also enjoyed hosting a morning classical music radio show, substitute teaching, and directing the grand opening marketing team for the Waterside Festival Marketplace in Virginia. Because Joyce did not know a stranger, she had friends all over the country of all ages that she kept in touch with over the years. Always creative and artistic, Joyce was the consummate entertainer (her annual St. Patrick’s day party became a tradition among friends!) enjoyed weaving on her loom, painting, cooking and sharing recipes, playing in bridge groups and reading history.
In 2001, her beloved Richard died at their home. She tried valiantly to carry on her life, moving to Kansas City to be close to her daughter Julie, husband Mark Morris, and granddaughter “Liza” Elizabeth Joyce Morris. Joyce continued to find “joy” in volunteering with the Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art and stayed active on many committees at the All Souls Unitarian Church where she lived on the Country Club Plaza. While making new friends at Parkway Towers, she also reunited with old friends. Joyce always found time to share festivities with Liza, and friends and family, baking, giving art lessons, hosting dinners and her annual Plaza lights viewings, always sharing her “joie de vivre” for life. Joyce missed her son John and his wife Tracie and grandson Charles Kenneth (CK), so her family moved to Raleigh, NC in 2014 where she resided at Magnolia Glen Senior Living. As her health declined over the past 2 years, she moved to Carillon Assisted Living in Fuquay Varina near John. Joyce died peacefully the morning of September 14th as hurricane Florence struck the east coast.
Joyce is also survived by her sister Judy Bogart, and her nieces and nephews: Candace Bogart Miller, Lee Bogart, Celeste Racette Bruce, and Cynthia Bogart Sandin.
Burial will be held at Glasco cemetery next to her mother, father, and grandparents G.F. and Julia Henry. With Richard beside her, this carefree spirit will rest for eternity back on the Kansas prairie where she began her life 86 years ago.