Joan Elizabeth (Bryce) Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Joan Fitzpatrick Ph.D., 75 of Warrensburg, Missouri passed away Monday, November 27, 2017 at her home.

Mass of Christian Burial with Father Joe Bathke, C.P.P.S., officiating will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Sacred Heart Parish, 300 South Ridgeview Dr., in Warrensburg, followed by a luncheon. Internment will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, 20109 Business Highway 13 in Higginsville. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Williams Funeral Chapel, 1400 South Maguire St., in Warrensburg. Memorial donations may be made to New Beginnings Womenís Center and Johnson County Right to Life in Warrensburg in care of Williams Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at

Joan Elizabeth (Bryce) Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., was born July 12, 1944 to Marian Kley-Bryce and Wendell Fred Bryce in Detroit, Mich. She was raised in Northville, Mich., where she attended elementary and high school. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1966 and volunteered for Air Force Officer Training School (OTS), where she was commissioned a second lieutenant. During OTS, she met her future husband and on Sept. 9, 1967, Second Lieutenants Joan and Tom were united in marriage. They raised three children and an assortment of dogs, cats and horses during assignments in Michigan, Taiwan, Colorado, Missouri, Alabama, Turkey and Nebraska.

After Tom retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel, they returned to their Spring Ridge home in Warrensburg, where Joan earned two Masters Degrees in 1980 and 1981, an Educational Specialist Degree in 1998 from the University of Central Missouri, and a Doctorate Degree from Regent University. During this time, she taught special education classes in Warrensburg, Windsor, Leeton and Kingsville. She retired from the public school system and began teaching doctoral courses online for Liberty University.

Joanie loved the outdoors and was an experienced flautist, horsewoman, gardener and canner of the produce from her gardens. She will be missed by her children, daughter Jeni, granddaughter Jia Li, and Jeniís husband Matt; son Dr. Michael and his wife Heather; daughter, Katie and her husband Cody; and cousins and extended family members, plus countless friends locally, across the country and overseas.

She was preceded in death by her brother, and Marine Corps veteran, Fred, and her parents. We pray for her Eternal Rest in Heaven with God and His Son Jesus, and we believe we will see her again for all eternity.