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Wilson, Joycell Thensted

Wilson, Joycell Thensted Age: 87

Passed Away: 2011-01-01

Funeral Home: Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home

Joycell Thensted Wilson Joycell Thensted Wilson, 87, formerly of Biloxi, Miss., passed away New Year’s Day, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, of natural causes. Joycell, a longtime resident, graduated from Biloxi High School in 1941. She was the daughter of Henry C. and Ruth Walters Thensted. Joycell met and married Air Force officer Ronald C. Wilson in 1948. He preceded her in death in 1998. As a career military family, Ron and Joyce enjoyed numerous assignments that led from Keesler Air Force Base, in Biloxi, to Anderson Air Force Base, in Guam; as well as New York, Montgomery Ala., Fayetteville N.C., Frankfort, Germany, Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla., and Warner Robins, Ga., before retiring in Atlanta, in 1970. Joycell became an accomplished gourmet cook, avid gardener, homemaker and world traveler. She was the beloved mother of two sons, Robert Wilson, of Atlanta, and Jeffrey Wilson, of New Orleans, and grandmother of Travis, Rachel, Gina and Tania Wilson. She was close to her daughters–in–law, Linda and Jenjira Wilson. She was preceded in death by her brother, Henry C. “Buddy” Thensted, and her sister, June Thensted Averett. Joycell maintained her close relationship with her sister-in-law, Jewel Irene Thensted. She cherished her nieces and nephews, Brenda, Henry C. and Michael Thensted, Marilyn Finger and Robert Averett, and their spouses, Jimmy and Linda; as well as her nieces, Claudette Chateau, Marguerite Brown, and Andrea La Rock, originally from New York. Joycell’s Gulf Coast cousins included the families of the Agregaard’s, Blessey’s and Fountain’s. Joycell was blessed with a great number of family and lifelong friends. Funeral services are on Friday, Jan. 7, at 12:30 p.m., at the Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, in Biloxi. Friends may visit from 10:30 a.m., until service time. Interment will follow in Biloxi National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be sent to the Humane Society of South Mississippi, 2615 25th Ave., Gulfport, Miss. 39501. View and sign the register book at www.bradfordokeefe.com.