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Joyce Lee Ludwig

Joyce Lee Ludwig, 92, of Jackson, passed away Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at the Monticello House in Jackson.

She was born July 10, 1929, in Cape Girardeau, to Thomas and Evelyn Cauble Boswell. She and John R. “Ray” Ludwig were married Aug. 28, 1948, and two children were born to their union, Thomas and Janey. While Thomas was attending college and Janey was in Jr. High School, Ray died of a massive heart attack. Joyce and Ray had been married nearly 22 years when he passed away April 27, 1970.

Raised in Cape Girardeau, Joyce was a 1946 graduate of Cape Central High School. She attended Southeast Missouri State University, where she played girls softball and basketball. After Ray’s death, Joyce earned her nursing degree.

Joyce’s career included working as a surgical nurse at the Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Cottonwood Center, and the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. After her retirement, she lived several years next door to her sister in Bonne Terre, moving to Jackson in 2014.

Loving survivors include two children Thomas (Christina) Ludwig of Jackson and Janey Ludwig (Brian) Clark of Fenton; six grandchildren, Matthew (Amy) Ludwig of Cape Girardeau, Sarah (Michael) Risch and children Luna and Elena of North Carolina, Aaron Clark of Fenton, Daniel (Lisa) Clark and children Kaitlyn, Sydney, and Brennan of St. Louis, Benjamin Clark of St. Louis, Travis (Karen) Clark and son Logan of Afton; and two siblings Richard Boswell (the late Wanda Engram) of St. Charles, and Madge Rose (the late Kenneth) McCall of Michigan.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to service time, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. Pastor Mike Berry will conduct the funeral service at noon, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.

For those wishing to give memorials, the family suggests contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Mark Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the tribute wall tab of Joyce’s personal obituary page at

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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