Joyce Hicks Stout, 78 of Newark, DE formerly of Yukon, WV, went home to be with the Lord on May 11, 2017 after a brief battle with AML.

Joyce was an Honor Society Member at Big Creek High School in War, WV and went on to a 38 year career with the Social Security Administration ending with her retirement as a Branch Manager at the Elkton, MD office.

She was an active member of Salem United Methodist Church in Newark, DE serving in various positions in the church’s administration including Chairperson of the Finance Committee.

Joyce was the preceded in death by her parents, Rhoda Prater Hicks and George Hicks, one son, Timothy Stout, her loving husband Arthur Bryan Stout, her brother George Hicks Jr. and sister Carol Dash.

Her memories will be held in the hearts of her surviving family, son and daughter-in-law Michael B. Stout and Susan L. Stout, niece Carolyn Vavala and her children Nadina Vavala and Anthony DelGrosso his daughter Gemma Blue DelGrosso, nephew Clayton Dash Jr. and family and her many friends.

Joyce was a devoted Wife and Mother, a steadfast friend and confidant and a true Christian in her daily actions. She was an avid reader, a tremendous cook who loved good food, holidays, birthday celebrations, live music of various kinds, plays, spending time with friends and walking barefoot in the grass. She had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening and plants of all kinds. Joyce always believed in the goodness of people and their ability to accept and overcome negativity and achieve peace and happiness. She will be missed for her kind spirit, her insightful advice and most of all her friendship.

A memorial service will be held at Salem United Methodist Church located at 469 Salem Church Rd. Newark, DE 19702 on June 3, 2017. Visitation will begin at 10am and the service will start at 11am with refreshments served immediately following the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Salem United Methodist Church in Joyce’s memory.