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Joy Lotspeich Mahan was born March 21, 1930, to Kenny and Osie (Robertson) Lotspeich on the Lotspeich home place outside of Rosston, Oklahoma. Ever so faithful to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and profoundly anxious for a grand family reunion, Joy once again ignored all speed limits and bolted straight to her Heavenly home on February 8, 2016. She was 85 years old. Joy attended the Chain C Country School through the eighth grade, graduating from Rosston High in 1947. She then attended one year of college at Oklahoma Baptist University, transferring to OU in 1948. She and Bill Seeger of Laverne married in 1950, making their first home on the Lotspeich Ranch in the Ditch Valley community. In 1952, Joy was given her greatest role as mother when she gave birth to daughter Debra Dale in January and then son Kenny Frank that following December. In 1954, little Debra was tragically killed in a house fire. Needing a new start yet holding strong to their faith, the family moved to Oklahoma City, followed by moves to Duncan, Woodward, and Guthrie. In 1957, Joy completed her schooling as a registered nurse, a career that fit her perfectly since her heart was always devoted to caring for others. Moving to Laverne in 1960, Joy and Bill built Seeger’s Funeral Home, where she served not only Laverne but all of Northwest Oklahoma for several years as a nurse and over forty years as a funeral director. The funeral home and nursing were not just jobs to Joy. They were one of her many mission fields where she lovingly supported hurting and sometimes broken people dealing with illness and deaths of their loved ones. The message her patients and patrons received was not only of Joy’s complete empathy, but of God’s empathy for them too. She shared with each one the saving grace of Jesus Christ and His love for them as well as His On March 1, 1988, Joy’s life became more complete when she married Paul D. Mahan, whom she described as her adoring husband. With this marriage, she was blessed to inherit Paul’s beautiful daughters and their families. Throughout her days, Joy was devoted to her son Kenny, her inherited family, other family members, her First Baptist Church family, and anyone who called her friend. This devotion was a love and generosity for which Joy was famous in many circles. Joy’s hobbies were truly loving people and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Her home and arms were always opened to the area’s youth whom she followed passionately in all of their sporting events and academic achievements. She was also a wonderful cook, famous for her pecan pies that will be greatly missed at church and community dinners. Joy Mahan lived up to her name “Joy,” living her life spreading love, grace, and devotion. Moments before she took her last breath, she was asking the hospital attendants, “Do you know my Jesus?” Joy was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul, daughter Debra Dale, son Kenny Frank, brother R.A. Lotspeich, sister Louis Sanderson, nephews Barry Lotspeich and Quentin Myatt, and niece Linda Brink. Those left to cherish her memory are her inherited and much loved daughters, their husbands, and their children: Laurie and Terry Sawyer and children Lucas, Jessie, Marilyn, Shelby, and Claire Joy of California; Shannon and David McGiffert and children Evan and Natalie of Chicago, Illinois; and Rhonda and Curt Hamner, and children Garrett Paul, Sarah, Anna, and Graham of California; one sister, Alma Jo Lotspeich of Edmund, sister-in-law Rosalee Lotspeich of Laverne, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, as well as a fan club too populated for individual recognition. The family asks that memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Laverne, P.O. Box 630, Laverne, OK 73848 Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Laverne, Oklahoma with Reverend Donnie Scott officiating. Interment will be in the Laverne Cemetery, Laverne , OK with the Mason Funeral Home of Shattuck, Ok in charge of arrangements.
Published on  February 15, 2016
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