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Linn County News

Published Nov. 15, 2023


Joyce Elaine Hewitt, the cherished daughter of Harold and Donnalee Terry (both deceased), beloved wife of Billy Joe (deceased), and sister to Eldon (deceased) and Glenda, Keith and Dorothy, and Alan and Jane Terry, was born on March 26, 1941. She peacefully passed away on Nov. 1, 2023. Joyce is survived by her two loving children, Cheri and Scotty Bunch and Chris Hewitt, and she was blessed with five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life in honor of Joyce was held on Nov. 11, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at La Cygne Christian Church. 

The family kindly requests donations to support her disabled son, Chris, through the following link:

Joyce was a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to caring for those around her and tirelessly advocating for anyone less fortunate. She was devoted to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and her church family. Her unwavering commitment to finding the brighter side of life and her exceptional talent for connecting with people meant she never met a stranger. Her infectious spirit brought joy and music wherever she went, and she was a shining beacon of positivity.

Joyce’s heart beat passionately for her home state, and she ardently supported all its teams, with a special love for the Chiefs. (Go Chiefs!)

In addition to her nurturing nature, Joyce was an active member of the community. She led the Christian Women’s Club and the Historical Society in Chanute, Kan., for many years, leaving an indelible mark on the organizations she served.

Her passion for learning was insatiable; she even read the dictionary for fun! Joyce was a true Kansas girl, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was one of a kind and will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Joyce’s legacy of kindness, positivity, and dedicated service to her community will continue to inspire those who knew her. In celebrating her life, we also honor the profound impact she had on the world around her.


Alice Illeene Rose ~ 08-02-1927 to 06-14-2024


Linn County News Published June 26, 2024   Alice Illeene Rose, age 96, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Friday, June 14, 2024. She was born in La Cygne, Kan., on Aug. 2,1927, the daughter of Frank and Nannie Driskill Rhynerson and raised on the family farm... [More]

Laura Ellen Weitman Paul ~ 12-22-1947 to 06-07-2024


Linn County News Published June 12, 2024   Laura Ellen Weitman Paul, age 76, of La Cygne, Kan., passed away Friday, June 7, 2024. She was born on Dec. 22, 1947, in Quincy, Ill., the daughter of Ivan R. and Edna F. Parrish Weitman. She graduated from LaBelle Rural High... [More]

Terri Lynn Thies ~ 08-27-1958 to 06-06-2024


Linn County News Published June 12, 2024   Terri Lynn Thies, age 65, La Cygne, Kan., passed away Thursday, June 6, 2024. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2024, at Queen of the Holy Rosary Cemetery, Wea, Kan. Memorial contributions may be made to... [More]

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