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Obituary for Betty "Joyce" Nelson

Betty “Joyce” Nelson, 86, of Panama City, went to join the love of her life in heaven on Monday, July 31, 2017. She was born January 8, 1931 in Chipley, FL to Lon Ed and Edna (McWilliams) Hardy.

Joyce enjoyed cooking, sewing, camping, and telling old stories about her childhood. Her family was the center point of her life. Not only did she love simply spending time with her family, she loved traveling with them, especially trips to Las Vegas with her siblings, nieces and nephews. Joyce could not get enough of her grandchildren. She loved playing in make-up with them, doing their hair, and teaching them how to cook and sew. She also had a special place in her heart for animals, particularly her cats.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years before his death, Fred Nelson; daughter, Sandy Nelson Fiquett; and two brothers, Earl Hardy and Glen Hardy.

Those left to cherish Joyce’s memory include her daughter, Melody Robertson (Donnie); son, Mike Nelson (Linda); grandchildren: April Jeane Robertson, Megan Joi Robertson, Bradon Nelson, Brian Hathaway and Kendra Hathaway; great grandchildren: Emily, William, Joshua, Ethan, Andrew, Dakota, Alyssa, Savanna and Cameron; great-great grandson, Grayson; sister, Gloria Majors; and brother, William Hardy.

A memorial service will begin 2:00 P.M., Friday, August 4, 2017 at Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Sandy Stewart officiating. The family will receive friends beginning 1:00 P.M. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity associated with Alzheimer’s, Breast Cancer, or an animal shelter.

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247 N. Tyndall Parkway
Panama City, FL 32404





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Panama City, FL 32404


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