Joyce “Grannie” Cherry, 83, of McLoud, went home on her 66th wedding anniversary to be with her Heavenly Father and her husband on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

Joyce “Grannie” Cherry, 83, of McLoud, went home on her 66th wedding anniversary to be with her Heavenly Father and her husband on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

She was born Oct. 20, 1932, to Ray and Soda (Brown) Harwell in Horntown, Oklahoma.

Joyce married Ralph Cherry on Sept. 9, 1950, in Wetumka, Oklahoma, and he preceded her in death in 2007.

Joyce was a volunteer at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Shawnee, where she met many of her close friends. She loved the work and loved helping others. Joyce loved the Lord and was a member of New Life Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School. Before joining New Life she played the organ at Streetman Road Baptist Church in Mead, Oklahoma. She and her husband Ralph enjoyed fishing and traveling and lived at Lake Texoma before his passing. She loved her family very much and always put them first; they were the focal point of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Cherry; her parents; and great-granddaughter, Nicole Cherry.

Those left to cherish her memories are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Rick Cherry of Pittsburg, Kansas, Ron and Jamie Cherry of McLoud, and daughter and son-in-law, Shari and Jerry Milbee of Shawnee; seven grandchildren, Alicia and Collin Williams, Kevin Siess, Matt Cherry, Tommy Cherry, Christina Cherry and David Buck, Craig Burris and Summer Milbee; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Ima Lee Lankford of Holdenville; many nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends.

Visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, and continue through service time. Family gathering to meet with friends and family will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, at Cooper Funeral Home.

Service will be 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 16, at New Life Baptist Church in Newalla with Pastor Rick Ham officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Holdenville Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.