Joanne Kay Boyce of Elizabeth City, July 2

By on July 3, 2018

Joanne Kay Boyce, 70, of Elizabeth City, NC was taken Home by the Lord Monday, July 2, 2018, in His time, by His will, and in His way. Cancer did not take her.

She was born October 30, 1947, in Peoria, Illinois, to the late Chet and Garnet Gregory.

After making Elizabeth City her home in 1988, Joanne worked at George’s Optical for many years and was a long-time member of the Evangelical Methodist Church family.

Lovingly known as Nana and JoBo, Joanne loved to laugh, tell stories, feed and watch the birds, cook and eat good food. She most loved to be with friends and family, send God’s love often and to many through greeting cards, and to tell of God’s goodness and grace to whomever she was with.

Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Carroll Lynn Boyce; and sister, Joyce Showens.

Joanne is survived by a son, Ky Belk and his family of Lakewood, CO; a daughter, Marcy White and husband Randy of Kill Devil Hills, NC; a grandson, Avery Panpradith; granddaughters, Brealle and Courtney White; a niece, Julie Duncan and family; nephews, Butch and Jeff Showens and families; brother-in-law, Jerry Showens; and sister-in-law, Janice Boyce.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Evangelical Methodist Church, 820 Old Okisko Rd, Elizabeth City, NC on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 10:00 am. A private family reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, Joanne wishes you would consider donating to the American Institute for Cancer Research at

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at

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