Joyce Maria Downey, 66, Pittsburg, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019, at her home.

Joyce Maria Downey, 66, Pittsburg, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019, at her home. 
She was born on April 30, 1953 to Capt. and Mrs. John N. King in Japan where they were stationed. The family eventually settled in Leavenworth, Kansas where after serving in the United States Air Force, Joyce became a nurse serving the community for 25 years. 
In April 1979, she was united in marriage to Michael Downey. They later divorced. 
She is survived by two daughters, Chloe Besperat and her husband, Aaron, Pittsburg, Kansas, and Bryce Downey and Andy Palmer, Manchester, Minnesota; two sisters, Suzanne Latimer, Jacksonville, Florida, and Terri King, Kansas City, Missouri; several nieces and nephews, including Mandi Seiler, Austin, Texas; and seven grandchildren, Lauren, Jenna, Lilly, Audrey, Brooke, Rachel, and Joshua Besperat.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Kaye King.
Graveside services are set for 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2019, at the Leavenworth National Cemetery with Father Jorge Lopez officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St, Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com.