Joyce Ann  Meisenheimer Blandford

Joyce Ann Meisenheimer Blandford

Joyce Ann Meisenheimer Blandford, 82, of Jonesboro, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at Southeast Health in Cape Girardeau.

She was born on April 20, 1939, in Reynoldsville, the daughter of Henry and Francis Wilson Meisenheimer. 

Joyce graduated in the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Class of 1957. 

She then married Kenneth Blandford on Oct. 6, 1957, in Jonesboro. To this union was born Dawna and Todd and the family lived in Jonesboro. 

Joyce worked for the Union County Press for many years and then worked for the general assistance office of Union County. She also worked many years for the Union County circuit clerk and later retired from the Union County clerk’s office. 

Her greatest joy was following her children to their athletic events during their high school careers and then watching her grandson, Brandon, during his high school years. 

Joyce had a great love of family and friends and her special “Club Girls,” lifelong card playing ladies. 

Joyce was a loyal and loving friend who never met a stranger and made lifelong friends on the bus tours she was able to take in her latter years. Her pride and joy for the last three years was her great-granddaughter, Leila, who brought her much joy and lightness to her life. 

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Blandford of Jonesboro; a daughter, Dawna (Cory) Miller of Anna; a son, Todd (Gloria) Blandford of Marion; a grandson, Brandon Miller of Anna; a great-granddaughter, Leila Miller of Anna; other relatives and many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23, at the Jonesboro Cemetery. Interment immediately followed. 

Memorial’s can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, This Able Veteran or to the American Kidney Association. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.

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