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Joyce Riggs Hawkins passed away peacefully at her home in Goshen, Maryland on December 20, 2023, at 90 years old. She is survived by her sons, Carl and Frank Hawkins along with her grandsons Will and Garrett. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Charlie Hawkins. Joyce grew up on the family farm with her sisters, Mary Lou (Stinson), Hazel (Ligon) and Bobby Ann (Stiles) and her loving parents, Remus and Maude Riggs. Life on the farm was full of hard work, but with many activities also came the enjoyment of adventures with family and friends. Riding ponies between farms, building forts in the hayloft, exhibiting her Holsteins at the county fair to helping with the large farmhouse meals were a few of those activities.
Together she and Charlie forged a strong family work life that included their Hawkins Floor Company family. Many neighborhood friends and family were blessed to share in their family’s hospitality with impromptu gatherings on the “back porch” or around the pool. With her passing her generation has now gone the way all of us eventually will. Joyce was always the voice of reason giving her nieces and nephews sage advice on finances and other life decisions. She will live on in the memories of those she influenced as we pass her pragmatic wisdom onto our children and grandchildren.
Joyce was Valedictorian of Gaithersburg High School Class of 1950. She continued to University of Maryland majoring in Home Economics, gaining her master’s degree and becoming a Carroll County Home Economics Extension Agent and later Extension Supervisor of the Home Economics Agents until starting her family. She taught several nieces to sew and cook. Later in life she entered the workforce again as a realtor. In typical Joyce fashion, she let the neighbors know by handing out a truckload of small pumpkins door to door with her new business card. As she entered true retirement, she and Charlie took up exercising at the local gym. Joyce took working out seriously participating in classes while Charlie strolled the gym chatting. They loved this community of friends and often gathered at Tom and Rays and later at the Music Café after workouts. Until recently, Joyce was able to meet up with lifelong friends for Thursday brunch.
Joyce was a Maryland 4-H All Star, served on Sandy Spring Bank Board and was an active member of St Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Laytonsville, MD. She and Charlie loved to travel, eventually visiting every continent.
Dan, Tim and Ben Falls – Joyce’s great-nephews shared this:
There were so many fond memories from growing up next to Aunt Joyce and Uncle Charlie in Goshen. They always welcomed us at their home and were so generous in helping our family in any way possible. Aunt Joyce and Uncle Charlie had a pool at their property. Looking back, I think they kept the pool open for our family and other kids in the neighborhood to enjoy. They rarely used the pool themselves but were always generous to host us nearly every afternoon in the Summer.
The highlight of Summer for Goshen was the 4th of July party at Aunt Joyce and Uncle Charlie’s. They were incredible hosts and welcoming to all their family and friends in the community. We will never forget those 4th of July gatherings in Goshen and continue to cherish the memories of playing softball in the field, chicken-fights in the pool and watching fireworks after the sun went down.
Ben Falls remembers; I caught a baby hawk and raised it, eventually I would let it outside and it would fly around the neighborhood. At some point it decided to join Aunt Joyce on her morning walks, it would swoop around her head and scream at her which I’m sure almost gave her a heart attack but being the lovely person that she was she simply called and very kindly asked me to please not let the bird fly freely around the neighborhood to attack her on her walks.
One of our most touching memories of Aunt Joyce was from the time when she was taking care of her mother, Maude, at the house in Goshen during her final weeks of life. Family was very important to Aunt Joyce, and she wanted us to have a chance to spend time with our Great Grandmother before her passing. As young boys (ages ranged from 3-7), we did not understand the meaning at the time, but we all distinctly remember that visit which Aunt Joyce had arranged. And now, 40 years later, the way Aunt Joyce connected the generations on that occasion is all the more special and meaningful.
To Joyce’s friends and family, she was a treasure and those fond memories of her graciously welcoming us whenever we showed up at her backdoor will forever keep her memory alive in those she leaves behind.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Maryland 4-H Foundation 8020 Greenmead Dr College Park, MD 20740 or http://mymaryland4hfoundation.com.
Visitation Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 7:00 pm to 9 pm Roy W. Barber Funeral Home 21525 Laytonsville Road Laytonsville, MD 20882. Funeral Service Thursday, January 18, 2024, 11:00 am St Bartholomew Episcopal Church 21611 Laytonsville Rd, Laytonsville, MD 20882. Reception to follow at Montgomery Country Club.