Joyce Elaine (Lauritsen) Gatlin, 87, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2019.
She was born Aug. 14, 1932, in Gem to Joseph and Esther (Treat) Lauritsen. She attended Gem School and then Ottawa University for one year, majoring in elementary education.
She married Calvin Gatlin on August 12, 1951. He preceded her in death.
She was a 4-H leader, Girl Scout leader, and Cub Scout leader for many years. Her summers were filled with gardening, canning, 4-H projects, an annual two-week family camping trip, and the county fair. She continued to support her children after they left home. She was involved and provided much leadership to the Lone Star and Colby Presbyterian Churches. She was president of the Colby Presbyterian Women for many years, organized World Day of Prayer services and hunter suppers, and taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School classes.
She enjoyed Senior Citizen Golden Passport trips with the Hill City Bank.
She a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in 1980.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Robert “Frog” Lauritsen.
Survivors include her eight children, Kenneth Gatlin, Colby, Wilma Lauber and husband, Mike, Hill City, Rita Crewsand husband, Paul, Neosho, Mo., David Gatlin and wife, Oleva, Shell Knob, Mo., Dorothy Macy and husband, Kenton, Charleston Ill., Diana Weatherford (Kim), Flower Mound, Texas, Duane Gatlin and wife, Christina, Tomball, Texas, and Terry Gatlin and wife, Michelle, Pratt; a brother, Wayne Lauritsen and wife, Millie; 16 grandchildren, Amber Morris and husband, Phil, McKinzie Newman and husband, Joe, Matthew Crews, Maria Crews, Nathan Macy, Aaron Macy, Stacia Macy, Emma Weatherford, Abby Weatherford, Jonathan Gatlin, Andrew Gatlin, Sarah Gatlin, Elijah Gatlin, Samuel Gatlin, Gabriela Gatlin, and Luke Gatlin; and seven great-grandchildren, Ethen, Shaelyn, Tyler, Bryden, Payton, Anna, and Paul.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Colby Presbyterian Church; burial in Lone Star Cemetery, 26 miles northeast of Colby.
The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Saturday before the service at the church.
Baalmann Mortuary, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to Joyce Lauritsen Gatlin Scholarship at the Thomas County Community Foundation, 350 S. Range, Suite 14, Colby, KS 67701.