Joyce Dean French Blackburn, 81 passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at University Medical Center. Services for Mrs. Blackburn will be 10:00 am Wednesday August 16, 2017 at Oakwood United Methodist Church with Pastor Rob Lindley officiating. Burial will follow in The City of Lubbock Cemetery under the direction of Broadway Funeral Directors. Family will accept friends starting 6:00 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Broadway Funeral Directors.
Joyce was born April 20, 1936 in Lamesa to Edmond & Cleone Dean French. She graduated from Newman Highschool and later received her LVN. She married Johnny C. Blackburn on September 1, 1955 in Sweetwater. After a small injury, Joyce left her LVN and started working for different emergency call centers the most important being Contact Lubbock where she helped people who had thoughts of suicide. She sat on the Board of Oakwood United Methodist Church and enjoyed playing bridge, reading, watching The Dallas Cowboys, Texas Tech, Texas Rangers and listening to the Texas Tenors & Elvis. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all.
She is survived by one son, James Blackburn and wife Kellie of Lubbock; one daughter, Carolyn Green and husband David of Lubbock; one grandchild, Monica Gray of Lubbock; two loveable companions, Shadow & Dusty.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Carrol Blackburn; her sister, Sue Ratcliff.