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Funeral services will take place on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

St. William Catholic Church
Midland, South Dakota

Midland Cemetery
Midland, South Dakota
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19 at St. William Catholic Church in Midland.

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In memory of

Joyce Ann Doolittle

of Midland, South Dakota, died on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at her home in Midland at the age of 66

Joyce Ann Jordan was born July 18, 1952, in Rapid City, South Dakota to William and Irean (Clasen) Jordan. Joyce grew up in the Marcus area. She was hard working and enjoyed riding horses when she was younger especially with her brother Paul. Joyce attended grade school at Brushy Creek County School and high school at St. Martin Academy.

Joyce was united in marriage to Bill C. Doolittle on October 27, 1969, in New Underwood, South Dakota. To this union was born 4 sons and 2 daughters, Aaron, Eric, Clinton, and Justin and daughters Tracy and Jennifer. While raising their children, Bill and Joyce worked varies ranch jobs until settling in Pierre for a while. In Pierre Joyce enjoyed working at Oahe Inc. and had a special place in her heart for the clients. She then began working at St. Mary’s Hospital for a number of years.

After retiring in 2012, Bill and Joyce returned to Midland, a special place that they had grown to love during their life’s adventure.

She was a kind and wonderful wife, Mom, and Grandma. She loved spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, most of all. Joyce had fun racing barefoot with her children across the yard. Camping was an event that she looked forward to every summer always cooking for a couple days before they left. Christmas was her favorite holiday, because it was a chance to bring all of her family together. The food was always plentiful! Her family always looked forward to her famous lasagna and fudge.

Joyce appreciated older Western Art and was rarely seen without a book in her hand.

Joyce loved life and kept her sense of humor even through her battle with cancer.

Survivors include her husband Bill of Midland; four sons, Aaron (Angie) Doolittle of Midland and their children Carissa (Matt) Zysset, and Thomas (Megan) Doolittle; Eric (Alicia) Doolittle of Midland and his children Blake, Brayden, and Brianne; Clinton (Kacy Coldsmith) Doolittle of Ft. Pierre; and Justin (Danni) Doolittle of Pierre and their children Alex, Casey, Autumn, Chloe, Oliver, and Alexa; two daughters Tracy (Jared) Fosheim of Midland and their children Clayton (Paige Slovek), Kaitlyn, Colby, and Kalli; and Jennifer (John) Stevens of Dover, NH and their children Berlin and Victoria; one great-grandson Bentley Doolittle; her mother Irean Jordan of Faith; two brothers Wally (Dianne) Harper of Mukilteo, WA, and Paul (Frankie) Harper of Faith; three sisters Linda (Wayne) Haines of Maurine, SD, Merle (Jack) Doolittle of Highmore, and Kathy Ginsbach of Spearfish; a brother-in-law Terry (Vicki) Doolittle of Aberdeen; her beloved dog “Red”; and a host of other relatives, friends, and "Jimmy".

She was preceded in death by her father William Jordan, and her father and mother-in-law Dick and Betty Doolittle.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19 at St. William Catholic Church in Midland.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 20, at St. William Catholic Church with Father Gary Oreshoski officiating.

Interment will be at the Midland Cemetery.

Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 153, Midland, SD 57552.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 5-7 p.m.
St. William Catholic Church
Midland, South Dakota

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
St. William Catholic Church
Midland, South Dakota

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
St. William Catholic Church
Midland, South Dakota
Father Gary Oreshoski
"God Will Make a Way"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"Go In Peace"
Steve Gunkel - Dean Vincent
Carissa Zysset
Clayton Fosheim - Kaitlyn Fosheim
Colby Fosheim - Thomas Doolittle
Carissa Zysset - Berlin Stevens
All Grandchildren
Midland Cemetery
Midland, South Dakota

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  • We were so sorry to hear about Joyce. Out prayers and sympathy! May you find comfort and peace though friends, memories and God's love. The Olson's Jr. and Carol ~ Jr. and Carol Olson Faith SD (9/24/2018)
  • Jennifer & family, My heart aches as you grieve the death of your mother, wife, grandma, sister etc. I pray that you all find some comfort in knowing she no longer is in suffering and take time to celebrate her life. May God be with you. ~ Wendy Trujillo Pierre (9/18/2018)
  • Sending our prayers and sympathy to Joyce's family. So very sorry for your loss. ~ Dave and Judy Gano Meadow, SD (9/17/2018)
  • The Bill Doolittle family,Irene Jordan, Linda Haines, condolences in your time of sorrow from Craig & Becky Ness ~ Craig Ness 310 1st st., PO Box 482 (9/16/2018)
  • Stevens and Doolittle Family, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Your mother and grandmother sounds like she was a wonderful person and I hope your memories of her bring you comfort in this time of sorrow. My thoughts are with you and all who knew her. ~ Amy Mitchell Stratham, NH (9/15/2018)
  • What a loss you must be feeling. May you feel God's loving arms around you during this sorrowful time. Prayers for all of you. ~ Diane M Alden Atkinson, NE (9/15/2018)
  • Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. May Joyce Rest In Peace, free of sickness and pain and may God hold all of you close during this very hard time. ~ Larry and Julie McLaughlin Midland,SD (9/14/2018)