Joyce Marie Akin, age 82, formerly of Manhattan, died Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Vintage Park Assisted Living in Wamego. Joyce, the daughter of John and Lula (Sexton) Duncan, was born February 17, 1933 in the Dickinson county area. She attended high school at Chapman and White City before graduating from White City High School in 1951. Joyce traveled by bus to Yuma, Arizona during the ‘51 flood to marry William (Bill) Akin of Vermillion on July 20, 1951. He was stationed there in the U.S. Army. This union was blessed with four children: Pam, Christy, Dean, & Tony. Bill preceded her in death in 2000 and her son, Dean, in 2001. She was also predeceased by sister, Ella Mae Henoch and brothers, George, Earl, and Loren Duncan. Joyce and Bill were charter members of the Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church of Manhattan. The last few years, Joyce attended the Wamego First United Methodist Church with her daughter’s family after moving to Wamego.
Joyce touched many lives through her love of others and her random acts of kindness. She was known as “the cake lady” for baking thousands of angel food cakes to give to others. Joyce reached out by sending cards to everyone for all occasions, whether happy or sad. She was recognized with the Flint Hills Region Random Act of Kindness Award in 2001. Her love of children was evident in the way she cared for them while babysitting at local churches and clubs.
Joyce is survived by her daughters, Pam (Gary) Lockhart of Lenexa, Ks and Christy (Ron) Boerner of Wamego, Ks and a son, Tony (Chris) Akin of Shawnee, Ks. Her special joys were her seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren: Brian (Sarah) Boerner and children Hannah, Keira and Lucas; Matthew (Jessica) Lockhart and sons Brock and Brody; Lacey (Kevin) Leis and daughter Harper; Amy (Jon) Strathman and sons Blake and Grady; Brett Prockish, Aaron Akin, and Amber Akin. Also surviving is her brother, Robert (Linda) Duncan, brother-in-law, James Akin, and two sisters-in-law, Pat Duncan and Joyce (James) Clark along with numerous nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 in the Wamego First United Methodist Church 600 Lincoln, Wamego, KS. A luncheon/visitation will follow in the Fellowship Hall.
Suggested memorials are to Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church in Manhattan, KS or Vintage Park Assisted Living in Wamego, KS