It is said that true friends are hard to find, so when you meet one like Nedra J. Morrison, you can add a check mark in permanent ink. I don't know what people outside our family call her, but I've always known her as Joyce, but don't let the details confuse you. What I am sure everyone calls her is kind, compassionate, consistent, helpful, giving, direct, and . . , well you get the message.
Although she is not officially a family member (and she may send me to ER for writing that), you cannot not pry her away from the family, or the family away from her; even if you use the Jaws of Life. Not only is she at nearly every family reunion, but she is often the first one to register. That is a major accomplishment at reunions as large as ours.
Joyce can always be counted on to help wherever help is needed, and often before others recognize the need. On several occasions when visiting relatives in North Carolina, we are invited to someone's home who is preparing dinner, a party, or some type of social event. Who is in the kitchen, chopping, dicing, cooking, cleaning, etc? Joyce! When more people arrive in town than there is "room at the Inn" (or even if there is room at the Inn) who offers a place to stay? Joyce! When someone does wrong in word or deed, who "checks" them and continues to do good with a smile and a hug? Joyce!