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Joyce Lynn Weber

Friday, August 8, 2003

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Joyce Lynn Weber, daughter of the late Robert S. MacDonald and Aline Elam MacDonald, was born in Malden, Mo., on November 11, 1930 and died on Friday, August 8, 2003 at her home in Dexter at the age of 72. Mrs. Weber lived in Southeast Missouri most her life and moved to Dexter, Mo., in 1944. She graduated from Dexter High school in 1948 and attended Southeast Missouri State. Joyce was very active in the Dexter First Baptist Church and served as choir director for several years. Later she associated with the United Methodist Church were she served as a Sunday School worker. Joyce Weber served her community by working in the civic and volunteer areas of Dexter for many years. Later, she became a driving force in the organization of services, activities, school and work opportunities for the mentally retarded of Stoddard County. She played an instrumental and invaluable role in founding the Stoddard County Association for Retarded Citizens with all its local programs. Mrs. Weber also spearheaded an effort that established a school program which provided early stimulation criteria for the under privileged and mentally challenged. She developed a summer recreation program which utilized local volunteers during the same time period. Joyce also helped to pass the Senate Bill 40 tax, which funds most of the ARC's current programs. She served on the Governor's Council for The Developmentally Disabled for many years and worked throughout the state to maintain and further those programs cited above. Her leadership will be especially missed in those areas. Joyce was married to Joe E. Weber of Dexter on May 12, 1952. She is survived by her husband, Joe Weber, two daughters, Beth Weber and Cynthia A. Chesser, two grandsons, Austin and Matthew Chesser, all of Dexter, one sister, Marjean Mayer of Dexter, two brothers, Bob MacDonald of St. Louis and Bruce MacDonald of Williamsburg, Virginia. Mrs. Weber was preceded in death by one brother, John D. MacDonald of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Visitation will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Dexter from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, August 10, 2003. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, August 11, 2003, at the First United Methodist Church in Dexter with the Rev. Fred Leist officiating. Interment will follow at the Dexter Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Stoddard County ARC, P.O. Box 444, Dexter, Mo, or the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 156, Dexter, MO 63841. PAID