Joyce G. Moseley passed away Friday, April 27, 2012 after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at Burkhalter Chapel, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1000 W. Woodward Avenue in Ruston on Tuesday, May 1 at 11:00 AM. Officiating will be the Rev. Jerry Hilbun of Trinity United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 1 at the Trinity Fellowship Hall from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Dr. Harry Edward Moseley, of Ruston; two children, Elinor and husband DanHarrington of Pawleys Island, SC; Edward Moseley and wife Joy Sonnier of New Orleans; grandsons Michael Moseley of Washington, D.C. , Matthew Moseley and Owen Moseley of New Orleans, and step-granddaughter Frances Bryant of New Orleans.
Joyce was born and raised in El Dorado, Arkansas, the only child of Ike and Fredda Goldstein. She attended Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, then graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Spanish and a minor in music. After graduation she moved to Washington, D.C. and joined the war effort, working for the Defense Department, helping to decode intercepted enemy messages.
She returned to El Dorado after the war and began work at a local travel agency, which led to her life-long career. She met her husband, Ed Moseley, in a Sunday School class when he moved to El Dorado to work with Lion Oil Company. They married there and later moved to Ruston in 1961 when he took a position teaching chemistry at Louisiana Tech.
Some years later she began working at Stuckey’s Travel Agency in Ruston, and later opened her own agency, Ruston Travel Service. She operated Ruston Travel for many years, until her retirement in 2006. She was an avid traveler, and was able to travel extensively around the world, enjoying every minute of it. Her second passion was helping people plan their trips, sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with every customer. Her first international trip was on a banana boat from New Orleans to Haiti, and she continued to enjoy travel on boats, most much larger than that one, for many years. She sailed on the Queen Mary from New York to England, and sailed on numerous cruises in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Baltic, Hawaii, and Alaska, often taking other travelers along. She attended the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth, and visited Egypt, Morocco, China, Mexico and Guatamala. She also traveled extensively throughout Europe.
She also was a lifelong animal lover, and was particularly a “cat person”, always sharing her home with numerous feline companions. The neighborhood possums and raccoons made sure leftovers were properly recycled. She remained interested in music, enjoying classical music and opera, and played piano for her husband’s Sunday School class at Trinity for many years.
A devoted wife and mother, she will be sorely missed.