Representative Joyce Lonergan View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 1/17/2006
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
House: 66 (1975)
67 (1977)
68 (1979)
69 (1981)
70 (1983) - 71 (1985)
Home County: Boone
Joyce Lonergan
Boone County


Mr. Speaker: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character, and public service of the late Honorable Joyce Lonergan begs to submit the following Memorial:

Joyce Lonergan was born March 5, 1934 on a farm near Belle Plaine in Benton County, daughter of Robert and Fannie (Duda) Jacobi. Her mother married Charles “Peck” Hutchinson and the family moved to Boone in 1947. She graduated from Boone High School in 1952. She married Paul Lonergan on August 12, 1950.

Joyce was the Boone County recorder from 1986-1998 and was active in Boone County Democratic politics for many years and worked on many congressional and political campaigns. The highlight of her political career was lunch at the White House with President Jimmy Carter in 1980. She received the Boone County Democrats Everett Brown Award in 2002 and won the Women Helping Women Award from Soroptimists International in 1977. She enjoyed serving as a host family in the Foreign Exchange Program.

She was a 25-year member of ABWA, serving in every capacity, Boone County Historical Society, Boone Railroad Society, American Legion Auxiliary, the Boone Area Humane Society and the Purple Hat Guild. She was also an active member of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Boone, Sioux City Diocese Council of Catholic Women and a former president of Boone Church Women United. She served as chairman of the board of directors for Boone County Community Credit Union for two years. She owned “The Book Store” in Boone.

A Democrat, Joyce Lonergan was a member of the Sixty-sixth, Sixty-seventh, Sixty-seventh Extra, Sixty-eighth, Sixty-ninth, Sixty-ninth Extra, Sixty-ninth Second Extra, Seventieth, and Seventy-first General Assemblies.

Joyce Lonergan passed away January 17, 2006, at the age of 71.

Now therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Eighty-first General Assembly of Iowa, That in the passing of the Honorable Joyce Lonergan, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this Resolution would express its appreciation of her service.

Be it Further Resolved, That a copy of this Resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House, and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.