Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 2, 2013

Kathleen M. Joyce-Bassett

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ROANOKE, Va. — Kathleen M. Joyce-Bassett, 59, of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away at her residence on February 23, 2013, after a prolonged illness.

She was born to the late Dorothy and William Joyce on January 22, 1954, in Oneonta, New York, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the State University.

Kathy had a lengthy career with the Virginia Department of Corrections; she retired in May, 2008. She held the positions of Probation and Parole Officer, Ombudsman and Warden. Previously, was a member and president of the Archeological Society of Virginia.

Kathy was a member of Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church in Roanoke, and was a long time previous member of St. Theresa’s Church in Tazewell. She was an enthusiastic gardener, who loved her flowers, as well as all living things.

Kathy is survived by her devoted companion, Jay Blankenship; three sisters, Mary Jane Simpelaar, Dorothy Hurlburt of New York, and Nora Clifton of Florida; six nephews, two nieces, four grand-nephews and seven grand-nieces.

Kathy was a kind and gentle spirit who will be sorely missed by all her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held 12:10 p.m., Monday, March 4, 2013 in Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church.

Friends may send their condolences to the family at

Arrangements by Simpson Funeral and Crematory of Roanoke, 540-366-0707.