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Joyce Elaine Sangwin

Joyce Elaine Nienstedt Sangwin was born March 14, 1943 at the Stebbins Farm in Marion County, Kansas, which her great-grandparents had settled and built in 1895. She passed away on Thursday, August 29th. The youngest child of Alvin and Marjorie, Joyce grew up in Antelope, Kansas with her siblings Lou Jean and Kenny while her parents ran the Nienstedt Store and her father served as the postmaster. Joyce attended grade school in Antelope and high school in Marion and then Centre High School, where she graduated in 1961.

OBITUARIESWhile a senior in high school, she sold ads in Herington for the annual. Gamble’s, where a certain handsome young man that she liked was to go to Dairy Queen for lunch so she could see him again. After lunch, she called her parents to let them know that Gamble’s had that shiny silver aluminum Christmas tree that they had been wanting, and with that final trip, Buck asked her out and married May 27, 1961 and enjoyed in 2014. Buck and Joyce spent their early married life in White City, Herington, Abilene, Antelope, Marion, and Emporia before had three children in this time, Allen Renee Sangwin, and Christl Ann Sangwin. Buck and Joyce owned and operated the Sangwin Standard Station in White City for eight years and, later, owned and operated BJ also enjoyed painting, sketching, and engraving and her works are cherished by those lucky enough to of the White City Public Library and City United Methodist Church.

Joyce showered those she loved with food. You couldn’t help but feel better when you saw her approach with a bag full of chocolate chip cookies. If you were especially lucky, you might get a chocolate cake with extra icing or a pot of chicken and noodles. She knew everyone’s favorite dishes and happily made birthday dinners and treats for her favorite people. Joyce was happiest when she was surrounded by family – both her biological family (which includes her dogs, which were her “favorite children”) and her “adopted” children and grandchildren. She and school events and embraced the use of technology to stay in touch with her loved ones. Joyce is survived by her three children, Allen and Kelly Sangwin of Easton, Kansas; Shelly and Jim Potter of Junction Williams of Wilsey, Kansas; her eight grandchildren, Miranda and Justin Travis Hirt; Teri and Keith Potter; Jeremy Williams; and Tony and Tritt Sangwin; six great-grandchildren, Mitchell and Rosalynn Metcalf, Colton and Emma Hirt, and Jordan and Nathan Potter; her brother, Kenny and Margie Nienstedt, and many sisters- and brothers-in-law. nephews, and great-nieces and –dogs, parents, parents-in-law, sister Lou Jean Nesser, and grandchild, Kelsey Cunningham, in death.Visitation will be held on Friday, September 6, from 6-8 p.m. at the White City United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall and a memorial September 7, at 11 a.m. at the White City United Methodist Church.


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