Cover photo for Joyce Ellene Head's Obituary
Joyce Ellene Head Profile Photo

Joyce Ellene Head

d. July 20, 2020

Joyce Ellene Head, nee Carns, passed away on July 20th as a result of Alzheimer's Disease and complicated by stress and disruptions caused by the pandemic. Joyce was born in Dade County, Missouri in 1933. She graduated from Dadeville High School in 1951, and married Charles Head in 1952. Joyce had a long career working for organizations that contributed to the strength and wellbeing of her community, including the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation's Neighborhood Youth Corps, the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, and the Greater Missouri Alzheimer's Association. She was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, neighbor, coworker, and friend to many. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Rollo and Nora Carns, nee Claypool, husband Charles Head, son Joel Dean Head, and great-grandson Breck Elliott. She is survived by her brother Jerry Carns, of Springfield, daughter Kelley Head, of Moberly, daughter Tracey Bradley and husband Scott, of Ozark, and son James Head of Washington, D. C.; granddaughters Laura Head-Elliott and husband Seth, of Ozark, Rainey Fowler and husband Shane, of Sparta, and Norrie Bradley, of Springfield; great granddaughters Brooklyn Elliott and Genevieve Fowler, and great-grandson Jackson Fowler. Joyce's immediate family will gather at her graveside to say their last goodbyes. They want to express love and strength to extended family members and friends who would have gathered with them to mourn Joyce's passing during normal times. They want you to know that you will all meet again. The family offers deep thanks to the staff at Century Pines Assisted Living and the Cottage at Century Pines in Ozark, for their thoughtful care over the years, and to the staff of Seasons Hospice. In memory of Joyce, please give to the Alzheimer's Association, St. Louis Chapter via this GoFundMe link: or visit and search for the "Joyce Head Memorial Fundraiser for Alzheimer's" Arrangements are under direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Joyce Ellene Head, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Private Burial

Monday, July 27, 2020

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 1

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree