Joyce Ann Mace, age 79, of Marion, North Carolina, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at her residence.

The daughter of the late Ferb and Leah Garland Smith, she was born in McDowell County on October 14, 1939. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Jack Smith; and two sisters, Mary Helen Miller and Martha Murray. Know as being a very loving and caring person, Joyce was a self-taught artist and could do a number of different crafts. She had a love of music and traveling with her family and friends.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband, Charles; one niece, Becky Blakeley; three nephews, Tim Murray, Jona Murray and Keith Miller; one great niece, Leah Blakeley; one brother-in-law, Norris Murray; three sisters-in-law, Betty Smith, Patricia Coltelluccio and Carol Gregorio; and a number of cousins. She is also preceded by two canine companions, which is loved dearly, "Tiny" and "Jake".

A celebration of Joyce's life will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Beam Funeral Service. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home. A private committal service will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Mace's memory are asked to consider, CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care McDowell, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, North Carolina 28813 or by visiting

The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to the staff of CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care-McDowell and special friends, Ken and Vicki Hutchinson, Debra Chapman and Richard McLaughlin for the loving and compassionate care that they provided Joyce and her family during this time. Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Mace family.

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