Joyce LaJean Beam, 94, of Broken Bow, passed from this life at her home May 13, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. Joyce was born February 26, 1927, in Poteau, OK, to James Harold Sherrell and Winifred “Winnie” Mary (Ortlieb) Sherrell.
Joyce was a member of the Lukfata Baptist Church and had lived in Broken Bow most of her life. She had devoted her life to her husband and her family.
Joyce developed a strong work ethic early in life. In fact, she was picking cotton by the time she was 9 years of age.
Joyce could be found camping and having family near. They will forever cherish their memories of her at deer camp and J.E. says she was a good shot, killing a few deer and turkey over the years.
Joyce took pride in always having her hair done, looking nice and always dressed to the T. She was a beautiful lady on the inside and the outside. Joyce was a caring and selfless person; clothed in grace and dignity, she put others needs and wants above her own.
She enjoyed music and would occasionally jitterbug or Charleston at family gatherings.
Joyce supported her children and grandchildren in all their activities, including sporting events, livestock shows, and other school and church-related events. She enthusiastically followed her grandsons’ rodeo events and even attended the NFR a few times.
Joyce was an amazing cook! She loved cooking for church camp, as well as church and family gatherings. She took pride in the quality, quantity, and presentation of her meals. Many of her best meals, however, were served while primitive camping. Her chicken fried venison was outstanding! She loved fried fish and often cooked it while camping on the bank of Broken Bow Lake with her family.
She married the love of her life, William J.E. Beam on September 6, 1946 in DeQueen, AR. They have shared a wonderful 74 years together. If you wanted to see how true love should be; just look at J.E. and Joyce.
Joyce was preceded in death by her biological father, James Harold Sherrell; her parents, W.C. and Winnie Mary Camp; her oldest son, Billy Eugene Beam; grandson, Lyle Keith Beam; and 13 siblings.
Joyce leaves to cherish her memory, to her husband, J.E., of the home; sons, James Harold Beam, and wife, Janis, of Broken Bow, and LeRoy Beam, and wife, Glena, of Broken Bow; daughters, Tammy Lea Smith, and husband, Mark, of Broken Bow, and Teresa Beam-Bartlett, of Broken Bow; sister, Barbara Fogg, of Broken Bow; brothers, Carl Camp, and wife, Violet, of Broken Bow, Paul Camp, of Broken Bow, and James Camp, and wife, Linda, of Smithville; sister-in-law, Ruth Camp, of Broken Bow; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends, including her great church family.
A Celebration of Life Service will be Tuesday, 2PM at the Lukfata Baptist Church with Pastor Chip Pinkerton and LeRoy Beam officiating. Burial will follow at Watson Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Terry, Jimbo, Derrick, Clay, Brylee, Braden, Roy, Jake, Larry, Britt, and Lane.
Visitation will be Monday from 6-8PM at the Brumley Funeral Home Chapel.
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