Joyce I. Billings, 78, Carbondale: May 31, 1942 – Dec. 6, 2020 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Joyce I. Billings, 78, Carbondale: May 31, 1942 – Dec. 6, 2020

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Joyce I. Billings, 78, passed away Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, at her home in Carbondale, Kan., with her family by her side. Joyce Ilene Hursh was born May 31, 1942, in rural Gridley, Kan., the daughter of Charles Ray and Ida (Isch) Hursh.

Joyce Billings started her life on the Hursh farm outside of Gridley, and attended kindergarten through 12th grade in the Gridley school system. Upon graduation from high school in 1960 she went on to cosmetology school at Stewarts Beauty Academy, and subsequently opened Joyce’s Beauty Salon from 1961-1963, in Gridley.

She was married in 1963 and had three children, Kala, Kendra and Kyle. The family lived in Kansas City, then California (where Kendra and Kyle were born), Ohio, and Texas before Joyce, Kendra and Kyle moved back to LeRoy.

Upon moving back to her home state of Kansas, she met and then married Richard Dean Billings in 1988. After about 12 years in Topeka, Joyce and Richard built a home in Carbondale, and enjoyed life in a quiet, wooded retreat that hosted many family gatherings and holiday events over the years. Her beloved grandchildren, McKenzie, Kaden and Madison enjoyed many summers with Grandma and Grandpa exploring the woods, riding the four-wheeler, hunting, fishing, and do all things country. The Billings children and families hosted family reunions and Joyce was especially fond of Jan Billings, and the two enjoyed a long-lasting friendship over the years. Her sisters were close by, with Jean in Carbondale and Marge in LeRoy. Jean’s children Jared Lee and Justin Abendroth as well Marge’s kids, Denise, Janet and Connie were much loved and adored. Joyce always enjoyed hearing about her great nieces and nephews as well. (she has 15).

Joyce will be missed dearly by all who knew her. She touched the lives of many people throughout her 78 years on this earth. She was loyal to a fault, kind-hearted and loved her family deeply. Those that knew her well never doubted where they stood in her life. She instilled a deep sense of family in her kids and her grandchildren were her life’s joy. She left this world a better place and if you were lucky enough to know her then your life was enriched beyond measure.

She had worked as administrative director for the Kansas Horseman Association, and played an integral part in keeping the association running smoothly for more than 20 years.

Joyce will be forever remembered by her two daughters, Kala Rae, of Frederick, Md., and Kendra (Dan) Jacobs, Scranton Kan.; two sisters, Marjorie Sutherland, LeRoy, Kan., and Jean (Jim) Abendroth, Carbondale; and three grandchildren, McKenzie Jacobs, Kaden Jacobs, and Madison Van Dyke.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Kyle David Pittsenbarger; and infant brother, Richard Lee Hursh.

A funeral service with close friends and family was held Dec. 11, at VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, Osage City, Kan., with burial to follow at Gridley Cemetery, Gridley.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523. Condolences can be left at

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