Joyce Ann Wood Speelman

Joyce Ann Wood Speelman, 64 of Glen Burnie, Maryland; passed away May 28, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Born in 1954 to James and Shirley Wood, Joyce grew up in Kansas City with her brothers David and Roger. She graduated from Platte County R-3 High School in 1972. She was a member of choir, band and pom pom squad. She also performed in numerous theatrical productions. She attended Northwest Missouri State, graduating in 1978 with a BS in Education and major in Music. She was a member of The Tower Choir and Music Sorority. She loved children and teaching them about the wonders of music. She retired from teaching in 2016. She was an accomplished musician. In her free time she enjoyed reading, listening to music, cooking, needlepoint, and snuggling her cats. She loved going to the beach and reading in the surf.

Joyce was a wonderful mother to her two children Anne and Andrew, and a great friend to many. She loved spending time with her family and was looking forward to one day being a grandma. She was warm and would ways greet you with a warm smile and a joke. She was known for her quick wit and ability to tell a funny story.

She was preceded in death by her mother Shirley Wood. She is survived by her children daughter Anne (Andrew), son Andrew, father Jim Wood (Mary Lynn), Brothers David (Chris) and Roger (Diane) and two nephews, three nieces and four grandnieces.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to The Maryland SPCA, VH1’s Save the Music or the American Diabetes Association.

Maryland Arrangements:

Funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock am, Saturday, June 9, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Visitation will be held at 10 o’clock am, June 9, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Mrs. Speelman was born May 28, 1954 in Aberdeen, Maryland.


  1. Darla & Dad Speelman on May 31, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    That is a beautiful testament to your mother, Anne and Andrew! May you both find peace quickly while holding tight to all the glorious memories. We love you.

  2. Keith Mindrup on May 31, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    A great tribute to a wonderful person. Her voice still puts peace in my heart when i heard songs she would sing.

  3. Celestine Maxwell on May 31, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    What a wonderful spirit she was. Always have fond memories with her. You will be missed. Love you.

  4. Fran Miller on May 31, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to your Mom, Anne! Thank you for sharing. Thinking of you & your family at this difficult time. Please know that I am lifting you in prayer! I love you sweetie ??? Ms. Fran

  5. Rhonda Bognanni on June 2, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    What an amazing deserved tribute to your mother ! She loved you so much ! I’m so sorry she had to leave . She and I would always have some good laughs at work .prayers for you your brother and family .

  6. Mandi Rounds on June 6, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Joyce was one of my fill in moms when I lost my own and I will remember our talks always. She will forever hold a special place in my heart. Love and hugs to you all.

  7. Alida Lamb on June 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Anne and Andrew and family, we are so sorry we cannot be with you today celebrating your mom’s Wonderful Wonderful Life! The world is certainly a less musical place right now.. certainly God has her in his loving arms. We send you our love and sympathy. She was such a special friend to us and we have many many wonderful memories.

  8. Monte(Buddy) and Beth Walker on June 29, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Sorry to learn of your mother’s passing — she was a very sweet and talented person. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful video.

  9. Ronnie Sturdevant on January 4, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Peace and love to you Joyce from my brother Larry and me Ronnie. See you in Heaven someday Joyce. ????

  10. Ronnie Sturdevant on January 4, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Sorry about the question marks Joyce, a typo.

  11. Julie (Fetters) Tate on July 10, 2024 at 6:09 am

    I was recently inquiring of my old school mates about “Miss Wood” and where she was now. So sad to learn of her passing.
    Besides being in her various choirs, I took private lessons from her. I still am a singer and my husband and I perform locally in the Northern Arkansas area. I wanted to share a recording with her because she was so very important to me in my teen years. Looking back now, I realize, she was barely older than me! I just adored her. She poured so much of herself into her students and I am so glad to see that she went on to have children of her own. Rest in peace, Miss Wood. You live in my memories.

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