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Joyce Hecke

August 14, 1941 — November 4, 2023

Hot Springs

Joyce Hecke


Joyce Hecke, age 82, of Hot Springs, passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2023.

Born on August 14, 1941, in Bristol, Rhode Island, the daughter of Anthony Reis and Helen Pimental Reis. On January 8, 1965, she married Donald Hecke.  She is preceded in death by her parents; and one son, Anthony Hecke.

Throughout her years, Joyce dedicated herself to her family and her faith.  Her proudest accomplishments in life were centered around these two pillars - church and family.  Joyce cherished the love she shared with her husband, Donald. Together, they embarked on numerous adventures across the country, immersing themselves in the beauty that surrounded them.  Whether it was exploring new cities or discovering hidden gems off the beaten path, Joyce found solace and happiness alongside her beloved husband.

One of Joyce's loves was shopping, she approached every shopping trip with enthusiasm and finesse.  But her greatest love was her family and friends.  Joyce will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Donald Hecke; her children, Deborah Smith of Hot Springs, Earnest (Al) Costa of Des Moines, Iowa and Darlene Hecke of Des Moines, Iowa; her grandchildren, Jaden Beall of West Virginia, Adam Costa of Massachusetts, Amanda Knapp and Brandon Knapp both of Illinois, Cheyenne Richardson of Iowa and Krystal Hecke of Louisiana; and extended family members and a host of dear friends.

Celebration of Life service will be 11:00AM, Thursday, November 16, 2023, with Pastor Dan Hecke and Pastor Scott Gallimore officiating in the Piney Grove Church under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home, Hot Springs.

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

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