|A resident of Baton Rouge, Joyce Clark Stiltner died August 6.2004, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in that city. She had suffered from advancing neuropathy for years. As a result of the neuropathy, she fell on July 23. fracturing a disk in her back. During her stay in the hospital, she developed pneumonia which led to her death.
Joyce was born June 21, 1934, in Morgantown, Kentucky, to Joseph and Ina Clark, faithful members of the First United Methodist Church of Morgantown. She graduated from Butler County High School in 1952 and was valedictorian of her class. She received a degree in nursing from the Nashville General Hospital School of Nursing.
In 1958, Joyce married Richard Thompson Stiltner, who at that time was a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention. They served Southern Baptist churches in Kentucky, Louisiana and Arkansas and a college in Louisiana during their stay in that denomination. Joyce and her husband entered The United Methodist Church in ministry in 1989 through the Little Rock Annual Conference. They served in that conference in the Camden District. They transferred into the Louisiana Annual Conference in 1991 and served churches in the New Orleans, Monroe, and Acadiana districts. She retired in 1999 with her husband to Baton Rouge.
Joyce had a great love for the work of the church and over the years taught Bible studies for every age group. She had great compassion for those who suffered and considered her nursing skills to be gifts of God for helping the ill. She gave strong commitment to issues of social and racial justice. She was active in women's mission organizations, serving as president of several of these groups. She lived to travel and particularly enjoyed a trip to Israel, the birthplace of her faith. She delighted to entertain and opened her home to numerous social activities.
Above all, Joyce cherished her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Following her death, Joyce's daughter Susan came across a photo of Joyce playing with her grandchildren on the floor. On seeing this, Susan paused and said, "This picture defines who my mother was."
In addition to her husband, Dr. Stiltner, Joyce is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Barry Ashe, New Orleans; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Richard T. Stiltner Ill, New Orleans, and Michael and Debbie Stiltner, Baton Rouge; a sister, Imogene Jones, PineviIle, Kentucky, and grandchildren, Kelly, Stephen and Catherine Ashe and Clarke, Jacob and Noah Stiltner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Oval Clark: and sisters, Pauline McKinney and Bernice Eaton.
Dr. Richard Thompson Stiltner
|Source: 2005 Journal|