Joyce Boettcher Wagner
Joyce Marie Boettcher Wagner (age 87) departed this life on March 19, 2019.

Joyce was born in Huntsville on October 12, 1931, the daughter of local lumberman Edward Boettcher and his wife, Bennora Bybee Boettcher. She enjoyed growing up in a wonderful, small-town environment, and graduated from Huntsville High School in 1948. After attending Baylor University and earning a bachelor's degree in home economics, she married John Winkler, who went on to become a pediatric dentist in San Antonio.

After Dr. Winkler's passing, Joyce married a widower, Mr. G.H. "Chili" Wagner, and the couple moved to Huntsville, eventually acquiring the old home place where Joyce grew up, on Avenue N 1/2. After Mr. Wagner's death in 2015, Joyce moved to Dripping Springs, Texas (just west of Austin) to be near her daughter and son who live there.

Besides being a wonderful homemaker, Joyce taught home economics in high school, and had several other jobs, including a stint as the church hostess at Huntsville's First Baptist Church. She was an accomplished seamstress and served many in the Huntsville community in this way.

For 20 years, Joyce, with her husband, Chili, ministered to international students from Sam Houston State University, teaching them the basics of the Christian faith and offering them much love and practical help. Through this ministry, she made many friends from all around the world. Her life showed what it means to be a true Christian, as she not only believed and taught the Bible, but she practiced love and kindness to all she met.

Joyce was greatly loved by her children: David Winkler (and his wife, Cathi), of Dripping Springs; Susan Winkler (and her husband, Tom Diehl), of Drippings Springs; Cynthia Winkler Scott (and her husband, Adam) of Topanga, California; and Martha Wagner, from Tomball, Texas; and by her 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life gathering will be held Saturday, April 13, at 2:00pm at First Baptist Church of Huntsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may given in memory of Joyce to: Baptist Student Ministry, Sam Houston State University, P.O. Box 5065, Huntsville, Texas 77342-5065 (checks designated for the international student ministry).
Published on March 21, 2019

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