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Joyce Marie (Leatherberry) Handwork

Joyce Marie (Leatherberry) Handwork, 69, passed away Nov. 14, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Feb. 9, 1941, she was a daughter of the late Dean and Josephine (Courtheyn) Leatherberry.

She was a member of the Augusta Christian Church in Augusta and sang in the church choir for many years. She was a member of the Augusta Fashionettes 4-H Club for several years, participating in sewing and cooking activities. She took lessons on learning to play the accordion and played for many years.

She graduated from Augusta High School, as the valedictorian in 1959 and was in National Honor Society, Future Teachers of America, Latin Club, junior and senior plays, varsity cheerleader, Queen of Hearts, and homecoming attendant.  She graduated from Malone College, in 1963 magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Education, a major in Mathematics and minors in French and Biology, and graduated

with a master's degree in Math Education from North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, GA.

Joyce taught math classes (Algebra was her favorite) at West Branch High School and after moving to Georgia, taught math classes at Forsyth High School in Cummings, GA, and at Georgia Perimeter College, retiring from there in 2003.

Having her grandsons over for several days at a time and sitting on the floor playing games was a favorite time. She also enjoyed having vacations with her sons and families at the beach or in the mountains. Holidays were an especially favorite time as they all spent time together. She enjoyed working in her garden and planting many flowers and vegetables around her house and in creating many hanging baskets and flowerpots from plants she rooted herself. She has many oil painting pictures she painted hanging in her house and many she has given to family and friends.

She was a member of Ruby Red Darlings in Good Hope and Monroe Garden Club, and she walked with many ladies at Bethel Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Richard D. Handwork, whom she married Oct. 2, 1965; two sons and four grandsons, Jeffrey (Maria, son, Logan) Handwork and Michael (Jessica, sons, Joseph, Dan and Seanan) Handwork; a sister, Gaye (James) Savory; brothers, Raymond (Cindy) and Gary Leatherberry; nephews, Brian, Matt, Marc; nieces,  Chris and Diane; Uncle Ernie (and Aunt Erla) Courtheyn, Aunt Helyn Courtheyn, Uncle

Ernie Leatherberry, Aunt Esther Leatherberry and many cousins, friends and
neighbors, past and present.

She was predeceased by her in-laws Henry and Connie Huseman.

Calling hours will be Nov. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva, Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Nov. 20 in the funeral hpme.  Burial will be in Augusta Cemetery. Donations in Joyce's name can be made to your favorite charity, the East Rochester United Methodist Church, Augusta Cemetery Association, or Augusta Fire Department in Augusta.

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