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11/20/1925 - 2/16/2017

AMBOY – Hazel Joyce Draper, 91, of Amboy, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at her home. Joyce was born Nov. 20, 1925, in Sublette, the daughter of Glenn Ormond and Hazel (Anderson) Conner. Joyce attended Ohio schools, and Sauk Valley College in later years. She served her country in World War II as a civilian clerk-typist at the Navy headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at war’s end was employed at a law office in Princeton. She was a lifelong member of Ohio United Methodist Church, a member of the Methodist Woman’s Organizations, served as a Sunday school teacher, and was secretary on the board of trustees. Joyce married Merrill “Pat” Draper on Oct. 18, 1946, and lived in rural Lee County on the farm, until moving to Amboy in 2010. When her children were a bit older, she was employed at the USDA Service Center in Amboy and was a weekly columnist for the Dixon Telegraph and the Amboy News, relating the trials and tribulations of a “Rural Pearl.” Her interest included a great deal of reading to her children and grandchildren, and also served as their number one cheerleader. The Lee County 4-H program ranked high on her interest list, and she freely admitted to being an avid political junkie. She also was a loyal Chicago Bears fan, especially during the glory years. She loved life, God, her family, church, Arizona, and was a founding member of the Domino Club. Good family times included camping, showing 4-H animals on the fair circuit, and never missing any school activities. One of her many dreams came true when a committee of patriotic and grateful citizens invited her to join them in their determination to honor the Ohio veterans of all wars with a memorial, and it was dedicated on Nov. 11, 2011, and will be a reminder for everyone to never forget those who sacrificed for freedom of all. She is survived by one daughter, Kelli Lynn (Jane McCaslin) Draper of Rock Falls; one son, Thomas Merrill (Theresa) Draper of Amboy; one daughter-in-law, Sandra Dewey Draper (wife of Michael Draper, deceased) of Amboy; four grandchildren, Jonathan Draper, Mathew (Katie) Draper, Nathan Draper, and Lydia Draper; one great-grandchild, Curtis Michael Draper; two sisters, Glenda (Donald) Brandenburg of Gold Canyon, Arizona, and Grace Piper of Chandler, Arizona; two brothers, Jerome Conner of Ohio, and Ormond Conner of Princeton; and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Michael Draper and Richard in infancy; two brothers, Fergus and Edward (Ted) Conner; one sister, Jeanne Sapp, and husband, Arthur Sapp; and four sisters-in-law, Sue Parker Conner, Lois Hopkins Conner, Mary Conner, and Ann Conner. A time of sharing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, and a memorial service at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, with the Rev. Judy Giese, pastor of Red Oak United Methodist, officiating. Cremation rites were accorded. Private burial of cremains will be at a later date at Walnut Cemetery

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