Joyce A. Kruschke
April 16, 1927  -  December 30, 2017

Joyce A. Kruschke

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Funeral Service
Sunset Memorial Chapel
6801 E. Business 20
Odessa, TX  79762
Saturday, January 6, 2018
1:00 PM
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Sunset Memorial Gardens
6801 E. Business 20
Odessa, TX  79762
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Joyce Thomas Kruschke, 90 of Odessa died December 30, 2017 in Portales, NM.

Funeral service will be 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Chapel with Joe Kelting officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Joyce was born as Joyce A. Thomas on April 16, 1927 in Archer County, TX to Buford Alfred Thomas and Emma Ruff Jordan. She met her husband Marvin Kruschke in Wichita Falls, TX and married on July 5, 1942. Joyce was 15 when she wed and was the youngest officer wife on all the military bases that Marvin and she were stationed at. She had Marv, Jr. (Bay) at the age of 17 and Marilyn at 20. During their military and oilfield careers she lived in 35 different locations across the United States.
Joyce became a beautician in 1955 while living in Hobbs, NM. After her husband was transferred to McCamey, TX they welcomed their 3rd child Merry Media (Dia). Joyce owned A’ Joy’s Beauty Shop in McCamey from 1961-1965.
Her house was open to everyone and all in her life enjoyed her great hospitality. She never met a stranger and was a foster parent to many children. She helped establish R & R Industries while living in Farmington, NM. Joyce along with her husband, invented numerous oil field service devices resulting in one standing patent. Joyce was greatly loved and the family and friends that shared in her journey are forever blessed for knowing her.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 65 years, Marvin Kruschke, Sr., son Marvin Kruschke, Jr (Bay), grandson Marvin Kruschke III (Ryan), granddaughter Jennifer Janell Kelting, son-in-law Lewis L. Jones and 2 sisters and 4 brothers.

She is survived by her daughters Marilyn Jones of Odessa, TX, Dia Kelting and her husband Joe of Portales, NM; Grandchildren: Joyce Jones, Jim and his wife Kay Jones, James Jones, Josh Kruschke, Scott Kruschke, Joey Kruschke, Edna Ann Smith, Hobie Kelting, Darin Lopez, Abel Lopez and Abraham Anchondo; Great grandchildren Kristin Beal and her husband Mathew, Alison Hernandez and her husband Marc, Austin Jones and his wife Morgan, Elizabeth Kruschke, Samantha Kruschke, Zoey Smith, Tyler Jones, Cody Jones and Samira Jones; Great- great grandchild Luke Hernandez.

Honorary Pall bearers: Joyce Jones, Jim Jones, James Jones, Josh Kruschke, Scott Kruschke, Joey Kruschke, Edna Ann Smith, Hobie Kelting, Darien Lopez, Abel Lopez, Abraham Anchondo.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home. To sign the guestbook, go to


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  1. Sandy and Cynthia Wells
    Portales, NM

    To Dia, Joe, Marilyn, Hobie, and little Joyce and boys,
    We are sorry for the loss of your precious loved one. Joyce was a precious friend to so many. Joyce loved everyone. We feel so blessed to have got to know her. Joyce was a very strong lady. Your family is in our prayers and thoughts. We both have so many precious memories of the times we spent together through the years.
    Love in Christ,
    Sandy and Cynthia Wells

  2. Ken Wheeler
    Clyde, TX

    God be with the family

  3. Josh A. Kruschke
    Austin, TX

    So much of who I am is because of her.

  4. Carrie Little Green
    Odessa, TX

    Marilyn & Dia, we were so sorry to hear this today! We all loved Mrs Joyce! Especially since she would cut our hair and save us from our dad’s haircuts!! We have such fond memories about growing up next door to y’all and y’all being a part of our family. We love you both and will surely be praying for you. Carrie and family

  5. Amy Little Vesely
    Odessa, TX

    Marilyn & Dia, I am so sorry for your loss! I have such great memories of all of you, living next door on 13th!

  6. Rita Ake
    Portales, NM

    I am so sorry for ur loss. I loved Nanny and yall prayers to all. Love yall

  7. Wayne Ritchie

    So sorry for your loss. I remember your mother as A young bride in Fairmont ND. I am sure she had A very happy life with A devoted husband like Marvin and wonderful children as you are.

  8. Judy Short
    Dallas, TX

    Marilyn and family how blessed you were to have Joyce in your lives. She set a wonderful example to all who knew her of what a loving hospitable woman should look like. Although this time of grief is difficult, you know that one day you will be with her again. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Judy and Bill Short

  9. Jazmine Cappa
    Atlanta, GA

    My condolences to the Kruschkle family. No doubt this is a tough time for you and the need for comfort is critical. The best place to find this comfort is God's word, the Bible. At 1 Corinthians 15:26 it says, "And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing." This means that very soon God is going to put an end to death and we will no longer have to deal with the pain or loss anymore.

  10. Ruby & Duane Hogan
    Spokane, WA

    Although I didn't meet your mom until they came out to Spokane for my parents 60th wedding anniversary it was such a delight to finally meet her and your dad.I have such fond memories of them from that weekend. It's very hard to say that final goodby but e do have that "blessed" hope we will be one day be with them again. Treasure your memories!

  11. Eleanor Day
    Corpus Christi, TX

    Thinking of you and your family and keeping you all in our prayers. We are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. Much love, Eleanor, Dale and Katie Day

  12. Cleda
    Waurika, OK

    Was and will always be a shining light in my life and the lives of so many others. Will never be forgotten! 💝💞💗💞💝

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