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Joyce L. Dailey-Hanson

April 20, 1942 — July 3, 2024

DESOTO - We mourn the passing and celebrate the extraordinary life of Joyce Louise Dailey-Hanson, a devoted mother, beloved grandmother, who peacefully departed this life on July 3rd, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Her journey was one of resilience, love, and unwavering dedication to those she held dear.

Born on April 20,1942, Joyce grew up in DeSoto, IL. to the parents of Myrtle and Walter Dietz. She learned the values of resilience and determination that shaped her character throughout her life. From a young age, she embraced the responsibilities of motherhood with grace and courage. Her first marriage to Charles Edward Dailey blessed her with 3 children, whom she raised with boundless love and tireless dedication. Though she experienced the loss of her beloved husband, Charles, Joyce found love again, meeting Merle L Hanson in July 1971, later marrying on August 10, 2006, expanding her family circle with his daughter and family. Together, they embraced life's joys and challenges.

Her career as a mail carrier spanned many years, during which she served her community with diligence and a warm smile. Rain or shine, she faithfully delivered mail to her neighbors, forging connections and brightening their days with her cheerful demeanor. Outside of work, she was an avid reader, loving mystery novels, and went fishing/camping with family.

Left to cherish her memory are her dear children: Leann Brandon, William (Dana) Dailey, Debbie (Bryan) Bennett and Lisa Hanson. Her legacy continues through her grandchildren Tommy (Summer) Dailey, Dustin Dailey, Krystal (Kevin) Baremore, Kimberly (Gabe) Frankel, Tanner (Lea) Evans, Madison Evans, Shaina (Justin) Part, and Ryne Bryant and her great grandchildren Blaise Dailey, Jace Z, McKenna H. and more.

She was also survived by her siblings Leroy (Dale) Dietz, Linda (Ron) Muir, Jean Dietz and Jane (Peter) Cave-Dunkel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Myrtle and Walter Dietz, her first husband, Charles Dailey, her siblings, June Smolack, Tommy (Hazel) Dietz and in-laws Bert “Buck” (Alene) Hanson.

A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at 2:00PM on Sunday, July 14, 2024 at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale, where family and friends will come together to share memories.

Joyce will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Her kindness, sense of humor, and unwavering positivity have left a lasting impact on her family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Joyce's name may be made to the SIH Cancer Institute.  Donations will be accepted at the cemetery.

Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale assisted the family with arrangements. To leave a story or memory of Joyce, visit

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