Joyce L. Drees (65) of St. Elmo


Published on January 10 2013 10:06 pm

Joyce L. Drees, 65 of St. Elmo, entered eternal rest at 3:08 AM Thursday, January 10, 2013 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital.

Funeral service is 10 AM Monday, January 14, 2013 at C & A Pagel Funeral Home, St. Elmo with burial to follow at Spring Hill Cemetery, rural Beecher City. Visitation is 4-8 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials are requested to Crossroads Cancer Center, Effingham or donor's choice.

Joyce was born on July 26, 1947 in Fayette Co. the daughter of Jacob and Nora (Calvert) Brewbaker. She married Gary L. Drees on August 15, 1985 and he preceded her in March of 2010.

She had worked many jobs which included the St. Elmo Food Liner for 26 plus years, cook at Ed's Cafe, Brownstown and Daryl's Dine In, St. Elmo, the concession stand at the St. Elmo Movie Theater, area nursing homes, housekeeping, and whatever it took to support her family. She was member of and named Lady of the Year by the St. Elmo Ladies Auxiliary Club and also member of the St. Elmo Women Civic Club, and St. Elmo HCE. Joyce was an advocate for the St. Elmo Little League and ran the concession stand. She enjoyed cooking, mushroom hunting, gardening, and beading jewelry. She attended the St. Elmo First Baptist Church.

Surviving are her children; Brad Denton of Salem and Sherry (Laverne) Shamhart of Wheeler, step children; Tina (David) Rubino of Maplewood, MO, Craig Drees of Beecher City, and Stacy (Bill) Barnes of Madison, IN, sister; Janet Stahulak of Decatur, 7 grandchildren; Kendra (Chip) Lwao, Jacob, Dalton, and Meagan Denton, Kylee Denton, and Brittany and Blake Shamhart, 1 great grandchild, Emma Lwao, 4 step grandchildren, and 2 step great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, son; Michael Denton, brother; Charles Brewbaker, and half-brother; Don Brewbaker.