Joyce was born Oct. 5, 1937, to Emory and Margaret (Lucht) Nehlsen in Clinton, Iowa. She graduated from high school in Grand Mound. Joyce was united in marriage to Philip Holmes on Oct. 13, 1957, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Mound. She worked as a nurse’s aide at DeWitt Hospital.
Joyce was an avid Hawkeyes fan, especially basketball and football, she was also fond of cardinals, the birds and the team. Her greatest love was her great-grandkids.
She is survived by a daughter, Brenda Olson of Welton; a grandson, Rick Olson of Calamus; great-grandchildren, Chesney and Dane; a brother, Daryl (Lou Ann) Nehlsen; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip, and an infant brother, Ronnie.
A Memorial Gathering will be held from 10:00 a.m. until noon Monday, June 29, at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt. Those wishing to attend the interment are requested to join the procession at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed and a photo tribute viewed at www.schultzfuneralhomes.com.