Joyce Colter

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Joyce Yvonne Colter, 72, of New Bloomfield, died Thursday, April 12, 2012, at her home. She was born March 15, 1940, in Rocky Ford, Colorado, the daughter of Wilma Luetta Burks. After the death of Joyce's mother while she was an infant, Joyce was raised by her grandparents, John and Marie Fancher Burks of Tuscumbia. She attended the Pisgah grade school and Mt. Zion Christian Church. In 1954, Joyce moved to Jefferson City to live with her uncle and aunt, Austin and Ora Burks. On February 25, 1955, Joyce was united in marriage to Carl A. Colter, who survives at their home. Joyce worked in central supply for Charles E. Still Hospital and later Capital Region Medical Center from 1970 until her retirement in 2000. She enjoyed making quilts, gardening and spending time at their cabin on Lake of the Ozarks, where she spent countless hours crappie fishing. In addition to her husband Carl, Joyce is survived by three children: Diana Distler and husband Tom of Jefferson City, Dale Colter and wife Linda of Ashland, Scott Colter and wife Angela of New Bloomfield; a daughter-in-law, Neena Colter; four grandchildren: Christopher Distler, Dustin Colter, Cody Colter, Ashley Colter; three step-granddaughters: Missy Hatfield, Jessi Conyers, Christy Smedley; five step-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Dorece Colter. She was preceded in death by one son, Bobby Allen Colter, in April 2001. Friends will be received from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home. Graveside services and interment will follow at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in Riverview Cemetery with Pastor Ben Montgomery officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be made to SSM Hospice or a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main St., (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at

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