Joyce Reade, age 83, of Kendallville, passed away on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville. Mrs. Reade was born in Martin, Kentucky on March 5, 1938 to the late Jobie and Lula (Thompson) Prater. Joyce moved to Kendallville and her first job was at the V&A. Later she was employed as a certified nurse’s aide for 34 years at Lutheran Life Villages. She married Dale Reade on July 21, 1973 in Kendallville and he preceded her in death in 2008. Joyce and Dale loved to travel and go on cruises. Las Vegas and Hawaii were their favorite places. She also loved gardening and yard work. She especially loved cooking for her family and getting them all together at her home for holiday gatherings and special occasions.
Daughter, Rhonda and Scott Fortress of Kendallville.
Son, Stephen Henson of Waterloo.
Five grandchildren: Stephen and Amanda Henson of Kendallville; Kaitlin Barr of Kendallville; Emalee and Shawn Pruitt of Kendallville; Sonya and Brent Weller of Garrett; and Lindsay Fortress of South Carolina. 10 great grandchildren.
Sister, Janice and Dan Simmons of Kendallville.
Sister, Billie Ann Rowe of Kentucky.
Sister, Diane and Mark Reid.
Sister, Brenda and Hank Ochoa of Butler.
Brother, David and Deb Prater of Rome City.
Brother, Ronnie Prater of Waterloo.
Brother, Mike Prater of Fort Wayne.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale; sisters, Barbara Sexton, Dorothy Prater, Virginia Prater; brothers, Gene Prater, Don Prater, Dockie Prater, Sonny Prater, Joe Prater, Ted Prater and Richard Prater.
Visitation will be Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Hite Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Hite Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Albaugh officiating.
Burial will follow at Woodruff Cemetery near LaGrange.
Casket bearers will be David Prater, Ronnie Prater, Mike Prater, Scott Fortress, Stephen Henson and Shawn Pruitt.
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