Joyce A. Eikenbary

Joyce A. Eikenbary

Dec 23, 1935 – Apr 2, 2017

Joyce Ann Eikenbary, a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2017. Joyce was born to Raymond and Velma Miller on December 23, 1935. She grew up in Yutan, Nebraska with her two younger sisters, Janet and Bonnie. Joyce met the love of her life, Clarence William “Ike” Eikenbary, Jr. in high school, and they were married on October 16, 1954. Together they traveled to Europe and lived overseas in Germany while he was in the service. After moving back to Omaha, they had two children, Susan and David. They were happily married until Ike passed away suddenly in 1987.

Joyce attended Nebraska Wesleyan College and was an active member of Delta Zeta Sorority. She later graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha with a degree in teaching. Joyce enjoyed music—she played both the accordion and the piano, and she loved to go square dancing.

A longtime teacher with District 66 and Omaha Public Schools, Joyce started the English Second Language program at District 66, and later also taught ESL for Omaha Public Schools. She was passionate about education, especially helping children from other cultures who were new to this country, and received the Alpha Delta Kappa award for 50 years of membership.  She was also actively involved with the Sunday School at Bethel Lutheran Church for decades.

Joyce was one of the classiest dressers you’ve ever seen and even won the award for Best Dressed in her retirement community several years in a row. She loved Beautiful perfume, shopping at Chico’s, and relaxing with her cat. She volunteered regularly as an Ambassador at the Orpheum and Omaha Community Playhouse. In her later years, Joyce loved talking on the phone with her daughter and sisters, having a Schlotzky’s sandwich with various family members, and spending time with her son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren, Rachel, Lexi, Will and Jack.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Velma, and her husband, Ike. She is survived by her sisters, Janet Ballou (Earl) and Bonnie Lindquist (Skip); children, Susan Graves (Bill) and Dave Eikenbary (Amy); granddaughters, Rachel and Lexi Graves; grandsons, Will and Jack Eikenbary; sister-in-law, Wanda Stuck; nieces, Jill Hambley and Brooke Blanke; nephews: Kerry and Bret Anderson, Mark Bryant, and Beau Blanke. The family wishes to thank the staff at Fountain View, AkSarBen Memory Care, and Serene Hospice for their loving care and support at the end of her life.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 4th from 5pm to 7pm at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd.  SERVICES Wednesday, April 5th at 11am, Bethel Lutheran Church, 1312 So. 45 St.  Private interment, Evergreen Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Bethel Lutheran Church.



  • Joyce Egr Posted April 4, 2017 6:12 am

    Sorry to learn about your mother, grandmother and sister. Been a long time since I saw Joyce but was always so happy there was another Joyce in our rural area South of Yutan. Take comfort in knowing she lived a full and happy life here on God’s earth God bless.

  • Mark and Jenni Johnson Posted April 4, 2017 8:14 am

    Dave and Amy, we are very sorry to hear of your loss. She was a wonderful person. And she raised a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time

  • Marti Hattam Cochran Posted April 4, 2017 9:03 am

    Susan and all,

    Reading this wonderful tribute is like a walk down memory lane. Your mother was truly beautiful-inside and out.

    May all your fond memories comfort you all during this difficult time. I’m thinking and praying for you…


  • JerryMiller Posted April 5, 2017 6:34 am

    I remember Joyce as always being a very classy person. Apparently Joyce had some dementia problems . I can relate to this as my wife Alfrieda has been in memory care facility for the last three years. Her parents and mine, Mr. and Mrs Roland Miller were the best of friends.

  • William Champenoy Posted April 5, 2017 1:26 pm

    So sorry for the family’s loss. Just saw the obituary in yesterday’s paper. Wish I could have paid respects to a amazing women my family has known most of my life. We were so fortunate to have Joyce teach our boys in Sunday School at Bethel Lutheran. The world is a better place having known Joyce. I’ll always remember her constant smile!

  • Janet Haney Posted May 15, 2017 4:43 pm

    Dear Dave and Amy and boys … A very b and elated condolence in the loss of your Mother…a beautiful lady inside and out… I remember Westside High School Days with you and Guy being friends and enjoying lots of special activities together – along with Amy. Your Mom and Dad were both loving and caring parents of all boys and girls who crossed your threshold and were your friend. My deepest Sympathy. Janet Haney

  • Jane Slattery Posted June 4, 2017 5:46 pm

    Dear Family, Joyce and I taught at Oakdale School together for four years. She had third graders and I had my second graders. We shared many ideas and experiences. She was a wonderful friend caring friend. She and Ike drove out to our home in Idaho to visit after we moved here in 1967. We had a fantastic tour of McCall together. As I said before she was a true friend and I am sorry we were not in touch the last two or three years. I did know that she had moved to an independent living establishment. She said she was very happy there. I was so sorry to learn of her passing and offer sympathy to her sisters , sister in law and Susan snd David. Our thoughts and prayers. Jane and Bill Slattery. 401 Bitterroot. Boise Id 83709

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