Joyce Ann Riley, 68, of Versailles, Mo., passed away Sunday morning, June 25, 2017, at the Golden Age Living Center in Stover, Mo.
A memorial service is at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 31, at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home in Arkansas City. Burial will follow in Parker Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Rolling Thunder TX2, P.O. Box 60009, Houston, TX 77205. Rolling Thunder® TX 2's major function is to publicize the POW-MIA issue. Contributions may also be made through the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.rindt-erdman.com.
Joyce was born July 31, 1948, in El Dorado, the oldest of three children born to David and Naoma Varner Thompson. She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1966. Through her mother, she obtained her love of quilting and through her father, her drive and passion for making a difference in the world.
Joyce’s desire to do for others led her to the University of Kansas, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She became active as an expert witness in many medical cases.
Her willingness to serve brought her to the Air Force as a flight nurse. She received her honorable discharge in 1979. In 1991, she returned to the Air Force Reserves, as a flight nurse aboard C-130 missions in support of operation Desert Storm. She achieved the rank of captain.
Following her service to her country, Joyce found her true calling in radio, where she was the voice and advocate for the American Gulf War Veterans Association. Her show, the Power Hour Radio program, joined the GCN network in 2000, becoming a voice for all veterans and truth seekers.
For the past 20 years, Joyce resided in the Versailles area, enjoying her small acreage while remaining an advocate for all those in need.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Dallas Thompson.
She is survived by her brother, Danny Thompson, of Arkansas City; along with many friends and fans.