Joyce Deets

Joyce Deets

Joyce Deets, 87, of Polo passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2024 surrounded by her family at Serenity Hospice and Home after a brief battle with cancer.

Joyce was born June 5, 1937 in Sterling, Illinois, the daughter of Lawrence and Helen (Carey) Scott. She was united in marriage to Lawrence Deets on January 13, 1957 at East Jordan Church. Joyce and Larry were childhood friends, living as neighbors and attending East Jordan Church throughout their lives.

Joyce helped Larry milk cows, feed calves and helped with farm work for many years. After Kevin moved home to farm, Joyce worked for Kline’s Department Store, then for the Polo Bank for many years. She and Larry enjoyed square dancing in their younger years. Joyce was known for her beautiful flowers, her cooking, playing cards and her willingness to help others. She was very active and served on many committees at East Jordan Church. She spent many hours through the years driving her children to music lessons, rehearsals, and concerts. Hearing them play brought her much joy. She loved her family and beamed with pride when she was surrounded by her children, grand-children and great-grandchildren.

For 17 years Joyce and Larry enjoyed spending their winters in Wintergreen Estates Trailer Park in Texas where they had many friends. You would often find Joyce making food for meals “down at the hall” and playing cards in the evening with their many friends.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Larry; sons: Kevin (Janice) Deets, Polo, IL; Craig (Amanda) Deets, Clinton, IL; daughter,Sue (Patrick Dixon) Lehmann, Shokapee, MN; and her sister-in-law, Patty Scott, Clarksville, TN. Her 7 grandsons Ryan (Rachel) Deets, Dixon, IL; Matthew (Lauryn) Deets, Geneseo, IL; Kyle (Jen Coe) Deets, East Moline, IL; Aaron (Lauren) Deets, Chicago, IL; Austin (Corey) Deets, Milwaukee, WI; Dane (Natalie Gordon) Lehmann, Kenosha, WI; Brendan Lehmann, Prior Lake, MN and 6 great-grandchildren; Dorien Deets, Donovan Deets, Josephine Deets, Stella Deets, Chloe Deets, and Emma Deets.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Tim Scott.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 18, 2024 from 9:30-11:00 with the service at 11:00 at East Jordan Church, 22027 Polo Rd. Sterling IL. Burial will be in the East Jordan Church cemetery.

The family wishes to thank Serenity Hospice and Home for their excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for East Jordan Church or Serenity Hospice and Home.

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