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Joyce E. Deakin, 83, of Mahomet, died the morning of Monday, July 29, 2019 at home, surrounded by her family.
Friends may greet the family on Saturday, August 3 from 3-4 pm at Blair-Owens Funeral Home, 102 E. Dunbar, Mahomet. There will be a brief service to conclude the visitation at 4pm, where friends may share stories.
Joyce was born on Oct. 24, 1935 in Champaign to Walter and Lela (Norman) Simpson. She married Thomas Deakin in 1972, he passed away in 2002. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Gordon; 1 son, Greg Hacker; her parents; 2 sisters, June Bateman and Joanne Gossett; and 3 brothers, James Norman, George Simpson and John Simpson. Joyce is survived by her son, David Hacker of Mahomet; 2 granddaughters, Amber and Taylor; 1 great-grandchild, Bryson; a 'special niece', Karen Terry; 1 sister-in-law, Wanda Simpson; and many nieces and nephews.
Joyce spent her entire life in the Champaign County area, attending Champaign schools and graduating from Champaign High in 1953. She worked at Illinois Bell (which became AT&T) for 32 years, earning retirement in 1990. Joyce was an excellent seamstress and sold some of the items she made, including clothes for stone geese. Her family will always remember the clothing that she made for her grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending time in Florida.