Loyce Leanne Jeffery, the daughter of Verda (Fogo) and Emmett Lewis was born on December 28, 1931, at Burr Oak, Kansas. She departed this life at her home in Northbranch, Kansas, on October 5, 2021, at the age of 89 years and 10 months. She was a lifelong resident of the Northbranch and Burr Oak communities.
Loyce received her formal education at the Burr Oak schools, graduating in 1949. On November 25, 1951, she was united in marriage with her high school sweetheart, Kermit C. Jeffery, at the Northbranch Friends Church. They made their home on the family farm at Northbranch and were blessed with four children - Mark, Juel, Jenelle, and Jennifer.
Loyce worked as the Burr Oak High School secretary during the time that Kermit was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army. Being a homemaker, her time was spent raising four children and traveling with Kermit on the family harvesting crew where she provided countless meals. She enjoyed attending all her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and activities, traveling, and rocking and singing to her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As Mom and Grandmother, Loyce traveled to all her children’s homes to help with each new grandbaby. She had 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Loyce loved helping others by her service at the church; she served on various committees at the church including the Women’s Missionary Society, she often made food for funerals and church dinners, she taught Sunday school, and she took great pride in keeping the church clean by serving as the janitor for many years.
Preceding Loyce in death were her parents, sister Lonnie Buckley, and infant sister Judee Sue Lewis. Left to treasure her memory are husband Kermit Jeffery, Northbranch, brother Bud Lewis and Bobbi and family, Castle Rock, CO, sister Jerre Mann and family, Littleton, CO, son Mark and Sherri Jeffery, Northbranch, daughter Juel and Randy Hughes, Royal, NE, daughter Jenelle Jeffery Littleton, CO, daughter Jennifer Woods and Jeff Clark Overland Park, KS, grandchildren Megan Hughes and family, Denver CO, Gabriel and Leigh Hughes and family, McLean VA, Ginny and Carlos Garzon and family, Neligh NE, Ross and Carrie Jeffery and family, Superior, NE, Elliott and Sarah Hughes and family, Royal, NE, McKenzie and Tyler Petrie and family, Olathe, KS, Jaci and Evan Firner and family, Topeka, KS, Drew Woods, Denver, CO, Cortney Jeffery and family, Salina, KS, Mallory and Kris Boucher,
and family, Salina, KS, Taylor Heir, Littleton, CO, Jessie Woods, Denver, CO, Connor Heir, Denver, CO, Grant Woods, Overland Park, KS, Dustin Boley, Kansas City, MO, and Kevin Boley, Kansas City, KS.
Services were Saturday, 11:00 am, October 9, 2021 at the Northbranch Friends Church with Pastor Jon Harkness officiating. Interment was at the Northbranch Cemetery.
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970
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