Joyce Honey Canfield, 66, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
She was born May 6, 1947 to Frank Bob and Mary Virginia “Susie” (Plumber) Archdekin. On November 9, 1966, she married Ronald Paul Canfield in St. Joseph, Mo.
A loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Joyce was preceded in death by her mother, Susie. She is survived by her father, Frank Bob; husband, Ron; two brothers, Bobby and Pat (Carla) Archdekin; a son, Thomas Ford Canfield of Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Cheri Lynn Canfield (Nichols) and son-in-law, Chris Nichols, of Liberty, Mo.; a grandson, Christian Thomas Nichols; and several nieces and nephews.
For many years, Joyce was an officer of the United Sidecar Association, serving as both treasurer and, since 2005, as the association’s president. In this capacity, she organized the National USCA Rally every summer and wrote many articles for the The Sidecarist, the USCA’s bi-monthly magazine. Joyce also organized the Sidecars in the Flint Hills rally, which is held every August in Council Grove, Ks. For several years, she volunteered to give sidecar rides to youth battling cancer at Camp Farwesta in Stewartsville, Mo., through the Camp Quality program.
As an active member of the Freedom of the Road Riders Local 6 Chapter in St. Joseph, Joyce drove Santa Claus to the Noyes Home in her sidecar for the FORR’s annual Toy Run every November for 16 years.
An Associate Member of the Missouri Society of Professional Design, Joyce had a long career in Civil Engineering, Civil Design, Drafting, and Land Surveying. For over 45 years, she was employed by several engineering and surveying companies in St. Joseph, beginning as a pen-and-ink draftsman before developing proficiency in computer-aided design. In February 2013, she retired from the City of St. Joseph’s Public Works and Transportation Department.
Arrangements have been made through Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. A graveside service at Fairview Cemetery and a memorial celebration will be held at a later date. Because Joyce loved animals, the family suggests that gifts be sent to the Humane Society of St. Joseph at P.O. Box 6036, St. Joseph, Mo., 64506.