Carol Joyce Champoux, age 83, of Lincoln, died on her 83rd birthday, February 19, 2021 at Bryan West Medical Center, surrounded by her five children. Born Carol Joyce Carpenter, Joyce was a nurse’s aide, beautician, babysitter, and volunteer at Catholic Social Services, and Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach. Joyce graduated from Lincoln High School in 1955, and was married to Clayton Champoux on April 21, 1956. From their Army years, they maintained relationships with life-long friends all over the US. Joyce and Clay were foster parents from 1979 to 1999, caring for 83 children. Clay and Joyce traveled every year, eventually traveling to all 50 states, as well as to Europe and Asia. From 1989 until the present, Joyce and family enjoyed a lake cabin in Fremont where family and friends gathered spring through fall. Joyce’s focal point was time spent with her family; as an example, Joyce provided daycare for every one of her grandchildren over the years. Joyce and Clay were married for 62 years, Clay having passed away in 2018. Joyce is survived by sons Pat (Michelle) of Denton; Mike of St. Charles, Illinois; Steve (Jill) of Lincoln; Rob (Jan) of Lincoln; Jay of Omaha; daughter Melanie (DJ) Johnson of Lincoln; 25 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Joyce was preceded in death by husband Clayton Champoux, and parents Charles Carpenter and Lois Lux.
Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. Monday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1720 Lake Street, Lincoln with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial with Father Mike Morin officiating will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Lincoln. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. Condolences may be left at trumpmemorials.com. Trump Funeral Services, 1600 West “O” Street, Lincoln are handling the arrangements.