Joyce Elaine (Long) Eller was born August 10, 1933 to James Augustus “Gus” Long and Essie Irene (Humphrey) Long. She passed from her earthly life on Saturday, December 8, 2018 surrounded by her loved ones. She was 85 years old. Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory
Joyce married the love of her life, Orville Junior Eller, on September 19, 1951. Her family recalls the story she told them that she saw him at the age of 12 as she was friends with his sisters, and thinking he was quite handsome, decided she was going to marry him, and she did! Together they worked hard to build a successful dairy farm and raise five children. She worked for a brief time for the telephone company as an operator before having children.
Joyce was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She thought the “babies” should have unrestricted access to candy, ice cream, and pop when visiting her house. “Nanny” thought she has the smartest and best looking grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the world. Their pictures were in every nook and cranny in her home. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and cleaning. She never made just one pie. She would make Junior’s and each child’s favorite everytime she baked making a cinnamon roll with any leftover dough. Joyce and Junior opened their home to anyone needing a place to stay.
Joyce was saved while attending Keefeton Assembly of God Church in Keefeton, Oklahoma. She has missed dad every day for the past eleven years. Her greatest desire was to be able to live out her days in their home until her final home going. She was able to do this with the help of some fine ladies, Johnna Downing, Geraldine Cannon, and Cheryl Sexton. Thank you for the care and companionship you provided.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orville “Junior” Eller; grandson, Waco Lee Eller; daughter-in-law, Ellen Barbara Jean Lawhorn Eller; brothers, James “Bucky” Long, Wayne Long, and Sherman Long; sisters, Katherine Long, Nancy Greene Fanton, and Sally Robertson; and Junior’s family.
She is survived by her children, LaDonna Edwards (Steven), Randy Eller (Vicki), Robert Eller (Susan), Lea Ann Herriman (Steve), and Roger Eller (Nancy); grandchildren, Kris Edwards (Lori), Kaitlynn Schneider (Tyler), Brandi Cook (Marc), Joshua Eller (Debbie), Ryan Strunk (Tyler), Jayson Eller, Derek Eller, Brooke Mathis (Cliff), Bethany Clark (Nick), Rachel Hannon (Daniel), Bailey Eller, (MaRanda); Richie Morris (Amber), and Chad Morris (Mandy); great-grandchildren, Chandler Mathis, Camden Mathis, Colt Mathis, Wyatt Strunk, Zane Strunk, Brodi Cook, Braden Cook, Jace Hannon, Mackenzie Hannon, Hayden Eller, Maggie Murphy, John Wayne Eller, Hudson Clark, Sawyer Clark, Allyson Edwards, Kasper Eller, Kactus Eller, Kassidy Eller, Morgan Morris, Mabrey Morris, and Karsyn Morris; sister, Faye Curry (Steve); aunt, Allene Mae Featherson Blankenship; sisters-in-law, Mildred Paris, Dessie Hobbs, Saundra Parker, Sandra Eller, Cookie Eller, Bennie Eller, and Maygene Eller; brother-in-law, Wayne Mullen; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Funeral services celebrating Joyce’s life will be 10AM, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Darren Wright officiating. Interment will follow at Brushy Mountain Cemetery with Kris Edwards, Joshua Eller, Bailey Eller, Tyler Strunk, Nick Clark, Marc Cook, Cliff Mathis, Daniel Hannon, and Tyler Schneider serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Woods, Keith Long, Brian Long, and Steve Curry.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.