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Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


    Joyce Vietta (Cotham) Risner, 94, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, passed away on December 31, 2023, in Thayer, Missouri. She was born August 3, 1929, in the Township of Ash Grove of Oregon county, Missouri to Almous and Gladys Cotham. Joyce married the love of her life, Herbert Lee Risner on November 1, 1947, in Pocahontas, Arkansas. From this union of 61 years, three children were born: James Lewis Risner, Hazel Berniece Pendarvis, and Deniece Pierce.

    Joyce enjoyed sewing clothes, making Afghans, and many other items for her family. She adored her flowers. Joyce spent her whole life working to be with her lord in heaven and attended the Church of Christ since she was a young child.  Joyce was best friends with her Aunt that was very close to her in age, and we believe  Bonnie is together with her again. She especially loved her family and took care of all of us the best that she could.

    Joyce is survived by her children, James, Hazel and Deniece; grandchildren, Larry Pendarvis, Bryan Risner, Andrea (Pierce) Thompson, Brent Risner, and Josh Pierce; twenty great-grandchildren; several great, great-grandchildren; four sister-in-laws; several cousins and one aunt.

    Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, Almous and Gladys Cotham; her husband, Herbert Risner; daughter -in-law, Laverne Risner; son-in-law, Steve Pierce; grandson, Bradley Risner; sister Jerry Ann Combs; brothers, James Dearyl Cotham, and Gary Dean Cotham; her special Aunt Bonnie Agee; nephew, Kris Cotham; many relatives and loved ones.

    In lieu of flowers the family asks that Memorial be made to the St. Jude : Memorial Processing , St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, TN, 38105-9959

    A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel of Thayer, Missouri. Services with be officiated by  Preacher Erman Croney and pallbearers will be: Bryan Risner, Larry Pendarvis, Josh Pierce, Brent Risner, Eric Thompson, and Brandon Pendarvis.

Burial will be at the Thayer Cemetery of Thayer, Missouri on Saturday, January 6, 2023. 

Services in care of Carter Funeral Home Inc., – Thayer, Missouri.



  1. Colleen FREEMAN
    January 3, 2024 @ 4:56 am



  2. Dean Williams
    January 3, 2024 @ 10:16 am

    So sorry from my heart. I am sure your mom could write a book on her life. James, hope for peace as you all go through this.


  3. Brenda Nicholson
    January 6, 2024 @ 3:22 pm

    Keeping all of you in thought and prayer for peace and comfort as you celebrate Joyce’s life with a memorial service today.


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