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Joyce Colleen Mitchell Walling, 89, of Duncan, OK passed away Saturday February 3, 2018 in Wichita Falls, TX.

Funeral Services will be 2:00pm Thursday February 8, 2018 at the Don Grantham Funeral Chapel with Rev. Randy Southerland officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Services are under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home.

The family will visit with friends at the funeral home Wednesday February 7 from 5:00-6:00pm.

Joyce Colleen was born Feb. 17, 1928 in Olustee, OK to Lois (Williams) and Lee Roy Mitchell. She was born with smallpox and only weighed about 3 pounds and her parents had to keep her warm by placing her next to the oven. She graduated high school in Eldorado and then moved to Norman to be near her sister, working at the historic "Sooner Theatre". She later moved to Duncan and worked for Halliburton for a short time.

She married James Bernerd "Squirrel" Walling on May 18, 1947 in Henrietta, TX. She helped Squirrel with his trucking business he started in 1948. They were active in the community belonging to the Chamber of Commerce, Elks Country Club and were members of The First United Methodist Church since 1962. They belonged to a Dance Club and a Movie Club (of which they won an award for their film).

She belonged to a Sorority Club, Bridge Club and a Stock Club. She loved investing in the stock market and would make sure every evening she watched her stocks.

Survivors include a daughter, Saundra and husband, Daniel Mackey of Duncan; four grandchildren: Courtney Lewis, Christina Bailey, Amanda Lewis and Rebecca Lewis, all of Duncan; eight great-grandchildren: Michael Aker and wife Caitlyn of Rush Springs, Jimi Aker, Chase Tow, Ethan Bailey, Bailey Lewis, Cole Lewis, Dalton Abernathy and Landon Lewis; three great-great-grandchildren: Braxton Tow, Leelynn Aker and Lynleigh Aker; two sisters, Leanna Marshall of Hobart and Rita Belcher of Dallas; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Squirrel Walling; a brother J.P.; two sisters, Klyda and Verdell; and a great-grandchild, Bryce Mitchell.

Pallbearers will be: James White, Brent Bostick and Kenneth Lewis.

In memory of Joyce, donations may be made to: Christians Concerned; P.O. Box 911; Duncan, OK 73534 or thru www.ChristiansConcerned-Duncan.org

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com
Published on February 6, 2018
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