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Joyce K. “Thompson” Lynn was born July 27, 1954 to Cyrus Noel Thompson and Minerva Gertrude “Miller” Thompson, and passed away October 31, 2022 at her home in Salem, Missouri.

She was married September 21, 1972 to Alvin D. Lambe. To this union one son was born, Ricky D. Lambe in January of 1973. On November 7, 1975 she married Walter Jerry Reinmuth. On November 30, 2012 she married James E. Lynn in Palmer, Alaska.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Lynn, Salem, Missouri; one son, Ricky Lambe; one granddaughter, Alexandria Nickole Lambe and fiancé, Tyler Hale; two great grandsons, Thomas Jensen and Trace Jared Hale of West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Connie and husband Fred Jones, West Plains, Missouri and Rhonda Mowery and husband Ben, West Plains, Missouri; three brothers, James Thompson and wife Ella, West Plains, Missouri, Bobby Thompson and wife Neta, Brandsville, Missouri, and Tony Thompson, West Plains, Missouri, and a host of other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Otto and Susie Ann Thompson and her maternal grandparents, Hobert and Gertrude Judd Miller; her parents, Cyrus Thompson and Minerva “Miller” Thompson, and one brother, Donny Thompson.

Joyce was baptized at the age of 12 years old in Bethany Baptist Church at Marshall, Missouri. She graduated from Licensed Practical Nursing School of West Plains, Missouri in 1980. Joyce worked for twenty years in private sectors of West Plains, then ten years with the Veterans Administration (VA). She transferred to Wasilla, Alaska to make a thirty-five year career where she retired.

Joyce was an avid outdoors lover. She loved to camp, fish and go horse back riding. She was a model for Circle C Western Store. She loved playing softball and volleyball, and was a baby chicken lover.

Visitation services will be held Friday, November 4, 2022 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, Missouri, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral services for Joyce K. “Thompson” Lynn will be held Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, Missouri.

Burial will be in Redburn Cemetery, Oregon County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains, Missouri.



  1. Jim Lynn
    November 2, 2022 @ 5:42 pm

    My time with Joyce as her friend and husband was the best time of both our lives.
    When she learned I had lived in Alaska and wanted to return to live there, she was
    all about it. It turned out she had the same dream. So it was we bought a beautiful
    log home on a mountain side outside of Palmer, Alaska, She absolutely loved every
    minute. The one thing that brought us back to Missouri was her son and grand daughter.
    She missed being close to them.

    I will always hold you close to my heart, Honey. I know you are looking down on
    the kids and me. Love you forever.


  2. Robin Hopper
    November 2, 2022 @ 5:54 pm

    Praying for comfort for everyone. You’ll be missed by so many. So many memories are trickling down my face as I write this. Love you Joyce and all your family. Love, hugs and prayers for everyone.
    Robin Henry Hopper


  3. Robin Henry Hopper
    November 2, 2022 @ 5:58 pm

    Oh Joyce. So many memories are trickling down my face as I write this! Love you forever. Lots of Love, Hugs and Prayers for everyone ❤


  4. Bobbie Wood
    November 3, 2022 @ 8:20 pm

    I loved working with Joyce, Connie and my mom at West Plains Healthcare. Such wonderful memories made there! My heart breaks for her family! You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.


  5. Noval willbanks
    November 4, 2022 @ 4:42 pm

    Joyce was my nurse at the va at west plains really enjoyed are visit’s while there she was a very kind person RIP Joyce. Prayers for the family.


  6. Albert L Spencer
    November 8, 2022 @ 10:29 am

    Little Brother is what she called me, we met at the VA as we both worked in Mo and later we met again in Palmer AK as I too went there to fulfill my longing to experience Alaska. Jim and Joyce welcomed me into their home, we shared meals and holidays just living a few blocks away but so far from our roots. After an emergency surgery they watched over me in their lovely log home. I felt like I was family. Joyce, you will be greatly missed by many.


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