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Joyce Ann Bolen Shanks, age 72, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at home surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with cancer.

She loved spending time at the beach, hosting family get-togethers and beating her family at Scrabble. Joyce was a loving and caring person, devoted wife, mother and friend, always thinking of others first. To know her was to love her.

Joyce was born on June 18, 1947, to Harold Bolen and Juanita Reynolds Bolen.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Shanks; two daughters, Teresa Shanks Felde and Tonya Shanks Wesley; five grandchildren, Mallory Wesley Conner and Wade Conner (husband), Jessie Felde, Ashley Felde, Brandon Wesley and Tyler Felde; two great-grandchildren, Samuel and Lucas Conner; three siblings, Vernon and Shyrla (wife) Bolen, Marie Litman, and Dallas and Linda (wife) Bolen; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held in Sardis, when social isolation requirements are lifted by the CDC.