Joyce Hawkins Puckett, a long-time resident of Mt. Vernon, passed away at her home in Fernandina Beach, Fla., on April 26, 2013. Born Dec. 19, 1922, in Dix, she was the daughter of Hazel Haynes Hawkins and Luty Hawkins.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Gilroy A. Puckett and her brother, Haynes Hawkins. Her sister, Marie Lasater of Joliet, passed away just 21 days after Mrs. Puckett.
Mrs. Puckett has two daughters and a son-in-law, Marti Semenza and Susan and Ronald Kight, all of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; a loving niece, Jo Truty Lasater of Joliet; and four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Andrew and Timothy Kight of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; Dr. Gregory Semenza, wife Cristina, and sons Alexander and Benjamin of Storrs, Conn.; and Matthew Semenza, wife Christina and children Avery and Chase, of Middletown, Conn.
Mrs. Puckett worked for many years in ladies retail management. She will be remembered for her love of laughter and song.
Private services were held in Florida. She will be buried beside her husband in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.