Joyce Evans

Joyce Evans, 75, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Arkansas City, passed away Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at Living Center West in Cedar Rapids, after a long illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, by the Rev. Don Czapla. Visitation is from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, with a vigil service beginning at 4 p.m. at Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services in Cedar Rapids, as well as one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial is in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

Memorials can be directed to St. Matthew Catholic Church Chancel Choir or Birthright. Please share your support and memories with Joyce’s family on her tribute wall at under obituaries.

Mary Joyce Barondeau was born Oct. 1, 1944, to Emil and Mary “Velma” (Morton) Barondeau and was raised in Arkansas City. She attended Arkansas City High School, graduating in 1962, and later attended community colleges and enjoyed studying Spanish.

She married Erwin Evans on Dec. 27, 1966, and they had three children. Joyce and Erwin later divorced.

Joyce always had a place in her heart for cats and dogs, most recently Fluffy, a Himalayan cat. Though Joyce suffered from epilepsy, she never let that interfere with the day-to-day lives of her and her family.

She enjoyed collecting salt and pepper shakers, knitting, crocheting and doing embroidery. Joyce especially loved to travel — she visited nearly every state, as well as Canada, Mexico, Rome and the Holy Land.

Traditions were important to Joyce, and this was prevalent especially during the holidays — cranberries and popcorn always adorned the tree. She also enjoyed antiques and old buildings for their character.

Joyce’s faith and family were most important to her. She will be missed by her loving family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister-in-law, Gloria Barondeau; and cat, Fluffy.

Survivors include her children, Charlotte (Andy) Schuchart, Patrick (Jennifer) Evans, and Kathleen Koster; grandchildren, Veronica, Maximilian and Evelyn Schuchart, Megan and Leona “Oni” Evans, and Krystal, Jesse and Johnathan Koster; brothers, Emil Barondeau Jr., and Steven Michael “Mike” (Shirley) Barondeau; and several extended family members across the states, including South Dakota and Kansas.

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