Bethany, MO:  Joyce Ann (Rinehart) Stark, 75, of Bethany, MO passed away Saturday, October 21, 2023 at her home surrounded by her family.

     Joyce was born on December 3, 1947 in Bethany, MO to Clarence and Carolyn (Duncan) Rinehart.  She was the first born of their two children.  Joyce grew up in Mt. Moriah, MO and attended school from first grade through her senior year there, graduating from Mt. Moriah R-7 High School.  Joyce and Phyllis (Preston) Riggs were the only two girls in the class to go through their entire elementary/high school career together.

     Following graduation, Joyce attended Caster Beauty School in St. Joseph, MO.  After completion, she worked in Lois Blessing’s beauty shop in Bethany.  She then worked in her Aunt Peggy’s beauty shop in Riverside, MO.

     From a previous marriage came two daughters, Anna and Christy.  In December of 1976, they made Bethany their home.  Joyce worked for Dr. Scamahorn, Dr. Moe and Dr. Patel before going to work in the insurance department at Harrison County Community Hospital.  Joyce worked at the hospital for 25 years before retiring in 2015.

    In 1990, Joyce married Arnold Stark of Ridgeway, MO.

     Joyce enjoyed making many prayer shawls with the Ladies Prayer Shawl group at the Methodist Church of Bethany.  Joyce enjoyed crocheting, quilting, embroidery and sewing.  She was an avid reader with a large collection of books.  She enjoyed her flower gardens and feeding the birds.  She loved spending time with family and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Carolyn Rinehart, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

     She is survived by her husband, Arnold Stark of the home; daughters, Anna (Shawn) Bellis of Onawa, IA and Christy (Kenny) Allen of Pattonsburg, MO; five grandchildren, Katelynn Allen of Pattonsburg, MO, Shawna Bellis of Bloomington, MN, Eric Allen of Denver, IA, Sara Bellis of Waukee, IA and Bradley Bellis of Onawa, IA; a sister, Janice (Randy) Bethards of Cameron, MO; niece, Julie Rhea of Chillicothe, MO; nephews, Jay (Becky) Rhea of Maysville, MO and Justin Rhea of Mt. Moriah and their families.

     Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, at Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany, MO.  Inurnment will be at a later date in Rose Hill Cemetery, Ridgeway, MO.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Harrison County Hospice in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Bethany, MO  64424.  Online condolences may be left at