Joyce Jean Lowry Hollingsworth,

Joyce Jean Lowry Hollingsworth, 89, passed on March 28, 2018. Her struggle with cancer has ended, and she died the way she lived. She did it her way, on her terms; under hospice care in her home in Georgetown, Texas. Never one to feel sorry for herself, she kept her sense of humor and mental faculties to the very end. She is survived by her husband of sixty-eight years, Jacob Henry "Jack" Hollingsworth, their four children and spouses; J David & Lynne Hollingsworth, Kathy & Wayne McCafferty, Susan & Ted McElroy, and Mary & Greg Miller, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren and her sister Janice Smaistrala. Born on October 9th, 1928, in Lufkin Texas, to Lloyd and Mable Lowry, she graduated from Lufkin High School in 1946. There she met Jack, the love of her long life. They were married on August 31st, 1949 in Lufkin. She and Jack shared many adventures, living in towns all across Texas, and in Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Oregon and Alaska. A proud woman with a fiery temper and an extensive and colorful vocabulary, she was a quintessential Texan from head to toe. She was also a staunch feminist to her dying day, and remained an iron willed, big-hearted, independent thinking woman who didn't back down when faced with a conflict. She lived a favorite quote; "Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History!" Consequently, she broke with her southern heritage and supported Civil Rights and many of the social reforms in the 1960's. She was an extremely well read homemaker with an active and inquisitive mind. Excessive generosity may not have been her only vice, but it certainly was her most endearing quality. Joyce loved to hunt for antiques so she could give her trophies away. She and Jack often sacrificed for their children with quiet grace and joy, thus teaching, by example, that it's better to give than to receive. That life lesson will not be forgotten by those who loved her. Though raised in the Southern Baptist Church, she must have read between the lines, because there will be no church service for her, at her request. When Jack passes, their ashes will be scattered together on the Oregon coast where they shared many happy memories. It can be honestly said that a truly unique human being has passed. She will be well remembered and sorely missed by those who knew and loved her.

 

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