Julia Ann “Julie” Boyce

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Julia Ann “Julie” Boyce, age 73, of Springfield, Mo., passed away September 15, 2013 under hospice care in Ann Arbor, Mich. She was born into a pioneer Tecumseh, Mich., farm family to C. Wilbur and E. Elizabeth (Kidman) Boyce on April 19, 1940. She attended one-room Culbertson School and graduated as valedictorian from Tecumseh High School in 1958. She earned Phi Beta Kappa status at Ohio Wesleyan University where she received a BA degree in Psychology. Her Master of Social Work degree was awarded at the University of Pittsburg. Unmarried, she devoted her life to helping, caring for and serving others: Child Guidance Clinic, Kalamazoo, Mich.; state adoption supervisor, Madison, Wis.; Good Samaritan Mental Health Clinic program for children, Dayton, Ohio; women’s programming at the Burrell Center, Springfield, Mo. Before her retirement in 2005, she spent 11 rewarding years as a Hospice Medical Social Worker at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Marie Goodrich, and is survived by her sister Ruth (Richard) Santer of Big Rapids, Mich.; her brother John (Carol) Boyce of Brooklyn, Mich; her brother-in-law Louis Goodrich of Fort Wayne, Ind.; nieces Carolyn (Brennan) Trese of Farmington Hills, Mich; Catherine (Brian) Altenberger of South Lyon, Mich; Linda (Brian) Beitzel of Oneonta, N.Y.; nephew Louis (Robin) Goodrich of Fort Wayne, IN; plus nine grand nieces and nephews she greatly enjoyed.

Julie had a talent for music from a young age. She was subbing as a church organist at age 16 and still performing piano publicly into her 70’s. Her music group brought her significant joy. For 55 years she accompanied her extended family in the annual Christmas sing-along and will surely be missed at future holidays. She enriched her life with close friendships, yoga, college basketball games, church volunteering, books, master gardening and community organizations such as Mid-America Singers, Women’s Forum and Close Memorial Garden. She delighted in travel, golf, walking, hiking and “…visiting any place with a beach.”

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at Brookside Cemetery, Tecumseh, Mich., with Pastor Gordy Peterson officiating. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at the First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, Springfield, Mo.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to a charity related to one of Julie’s many interests or to one of your choice. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.

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