LaRoyce was born on December 9, 1936 in Mapleton, Iowa. Her parents were Mr. LeRoy Rose and Phoebe Goodall Rose, a brother was born in 1938 but died in 1947. LaRoyce attended school in Mapleton before the family moved to the Castana, Ia. school district where LaRoyce attended school until graduating from high school. After graduation she attended business school in Sioux City, IA.
LaRoyce’s grandparents farmed near Castana, Iowa and were neighbors to a Marion and Leona Arnold who had a son born in November of 1936. Both babies were the subject of comparison as they grew, that son was named Jerry. During High school LaRoyce and Jerry became good friends and following graduation, on June 17, 1956 they were married. Jerry and LaRoyce made their first home in Ames, Iowa where Jerry attended college and LaRoyce worked in Hardware Store. Following college, they moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for a stint in the Army. The next stop was Monroe, Iowa where Jerry was a vo-ag teacher and LaRoyce a home maker and mother to their first child, Patricia. Then to Laurel Nebraska where their second child was born. This girl was named Barbara. The Arnold’s moved to Carol, Ia. where LaRoyce worked in a green house and helped with the girl scouts. The next stop was Princeton, New Jersey for a few years where LaRoyce worked for a fuel oil company. Fort Dodge, Ia. became home for next 25 years. LaRoyce (and Jerry) purchased a sewing machine store which LaRoyce managed, she expanded it to include fabric and sewing accessories. LaRoyce repaired sewing machines and even made and sold prom dresses. She made suits for Jerry and once made a full set of uniforms for an entire group of Civil War reenactors.
Upon retirement the couple moved to Shell Knob, MO where LaRoyce designed their dream home. In Shell knob, LaRoyce became involved as office secretary for her church, Trinity Presbyterian. She also worked with the Chamber and at one point, managed it for several weeks while a new Director was being sought. In 2014, LaRoyce received the Chamber’s Community Service Award. During this time LaRoyce volunteered with the Hospice program and was involved with the Senior Center, helping seniors with the Medicare part D program.
LaRoyce went home to be with her Savior on May 1, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jerry, her two daughters, Patricia Wilkens and Barbara Arnold, a grand daughter, Emily Shipp and her husband Kyle and a great grandson, Paul Shipp.
LaRoyce was a great seamstress, an accomplished cook, wonderful mother, a much-cherished wife, loving grandmother and great grandmother and always a friend to all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Shell Knob under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Shell Knob. Services will be conducted by Reverend Dr. Peggy Jo Wobbema.
Memorials may be made to Convoy of Hope, Salvation Army, the Central Crossing Senior Center or Trinity Presbyterian Church.
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