In memory of
Anna Joyce Groom
In memory of
Anna Joyce Groom
Anna Joyce Groom, 76, of Wewahitchka passed away February 12th at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Joyce was born on June 12, 1940 in Accoville, West Virginia and, as a child, moved with her family to Wewahitchka, Florida. She graduated from Wewahitchka High School, married Henry I. Rish and gave birth to their sons, Henry I "Hank" Rish, Jr. and Ralph P. Rish. After her husband, Henry, died in an industrial accident, she moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, with her two small sons to attend Lee College and then completed her bachelor of science degree in education at Florida State University. She subsequently married Paul W. Groom, and they had two more children, Paul W. Groom II and Jennifer Groom. After college, Joyce became a teacher at Wewahitchka Elementary School and continued teaching there for 30 years. She started her career as a kindergarten teacher and after many years in this role briefly taught sixth grade before being asked to help start the pre-K program for speech delayed students. She was gifted at reaching young minds and made learning fun. Many of her students will remember how Miss Joyce could perform magic tricks, make it rain in the classroom, create a rainbow in a popcorn maker and form a bubble large enough for students to stand in. She also wrote several plays for students that were performed for a number of years at Wewahitchka Elementary School. She had a great love for all of her students and was deeply loved in return. She was involved in the American Cancer Society, a member of the First United Methodist Women, a Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church of Wewahitchka, and a founding member of the Wewahitchka Red Hats Society. Joyce loved to travel and during her life visited almost every state in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. She also traveled internationally to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, most of western Europe, South America and Russia. She would often say, "my middle name is Go." She was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry I. Rish, her son, Henry I. Rish, Jr. and her second husband, Paul W. Groom. She is survived by her children, Ralph P. Rish (Kara) of Port St. Joe, Paul W Groom II of Tallahassee and Jennifer Myers (Sean) also of Tallahassee; her grandchildren, Blake Rish (Holly), Grant Rish, Madison Myers, Riley Myers, Cameron Weiler (Sean), Kelly Johnson and Christopher Johnson; her great-grandchildren, Baylee and Flint Rish; and her sisters, Galena Pippen, Connie St. Clair and her brother, Doug Birmingham (Becky). Visitation services will be held at 2:00 CST on Thursday, February 16 at the First United Methodist Church of Wewahitchka. The funeral service will be at 3:00 CST with a graveside service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Florida College of Medicine Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration Fund or CurePSP. The family of Anna J. "Joyce" Groom extends many thanks for all of the prayers, fellowship, and expressions of concern for the entire family, and for the friendship that everyone has extended to Joyce and our family. Southerland Family Funeral Homes 100 E. 19th St. Panama City, Fla. 32405 850-785-8532 ... Show More
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