Hilda Joyce Magee, 87, former Baton Rouge resident, passed away on Sunday, July 6th at Christwood Retirement Community in Covington after a courageous five-month battle with cancer. Born in Hammond, LA, on June 29, 1927, she was valedictorian of her Hammond High School graduating class before earning a degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and working part time in medical administration while being a full time mom. She and her family lived in Franklinton and Baton Rouge before moving to Mandeville in 2002. Joyce never met a stranger, always striking up a conversation with everyone she met along the way. Even in her last days, she was sweet and funny with everyone around her; her sense of humor never waned. Joyce and her beautiful smile will be terribly missed by all who knew and loved her. Active and involved until her illness, she was a proud founding member of the Pierre de Mandeville chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a regular at Christwood's Bible study classes. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Covington. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 64 years, Ellis C. Magee; daughter and son-in-law Janet Fabre Smith and Larry Smith; daughters Melanie Dixon and Marsha O'Brien; and son and daughter-in-law Steven and Sherryl Magee. She was also a beloved grandmother to Alicia Magee and Victoria and Grace Dixon and preceded in death by her parents Dolly and Clinton Randall of Hammond, Louisiana. A memorial service will be held at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 West. 21st Avenue in Covington, LA on Saturday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m.; visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christwood Support Foundation (100 Christwood Blvd, Covington, 70433) or Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital (1203 S. Tyler St., Covington, 70433). Online condolences may be made to the family at ejfieldingfh.com
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from July 9 to July 11, 2014