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B. Joyce Zenor

July 22, 1935 August 4, 2018
B. Joyce Zenor
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B. Joyce Zenor, 83, of Mount Vernon passed away on August 4, 2018. Joyce was born July 22, 1935 in Arlington, IA to Walter and Helen Cordes. Hard work, family, and education were instilled while growing up on the family farm. Joyce obtained her teaching certificate from Upper Iowa University and later a BS at the University of Iowa. She enjoyed teaching in numerous communities and developed lifelong friendships with fellow beginning teachers. Joyce was united in marriage to Larry on August 19, 1956 and supported his career with numerous moves throughout the country. Joyce developed a love for auctions and restoring furniture and eventually opened antique stores in the numerous communities. In retirement, she opened a bed and breakfast in Mt. Vernon and enjoyed meeting new people. She and Larry became avid Hawkeye wrestling fans never missing a home meet or national tournament. Joyce loved to play bridge, either couples or in ladies groups, throughout the years. Golf, PEO, and Dillions Furrow, were joys for Joyce, as were her grandkids where she and Larry would attend every event possible and beam with pride. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Larry, her parents, and a brother John (Lori) Cordes. Joyce is survived by daughter Marlys (Clay) Kraus; son Mark (Ginger) Zenor; grandchildren Alex and Walt Zenor; sister Jean (Max) Fitz; and sister-in-law Jean (Bill) Clark. A celebration of life will be held in the Fall. Please visit for condolences. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer Association.

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