Family honors Joyce Skees 20 years after she was murdered outside a Shively bank

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Joyce Skees, a mother of two, was murdered while outside a Shively bank 20 years ago on Dec. 3, 1996.

Her family says with the killer still not found it's hard to find closure, but they move forward by honoring her memory.

“Joyce was just very outgoing, happy, fun loving,” said Mark Clore, Joyce’s older brother.

“A lot of things can put smiles on your faces. A lot of the pictures and kind words and memories of her,” said Ryan Skees, Joyce’s son.

Ryan Skees is referencing a scrapbook of his mother’s life made by another family member.

But with the good times, also come the not so happy ones.

“A lot of newspaper articles and things of that nature and that kind of stuff can definitely be very hard just reading what happened and how it happened,” Ryan Skees said.

When Joyce Skees was shot and killed two decades ago she left behind a family who loved her dearly and two young boys. Her oldest was eight-years-old. The youngest was just five.

“I don't think you really ever get closure. Because the memories are always there,” said Jordan Clore, Joyce Skees’ younger brother.

“The vengeance goes away. Maybe not all the way, but … I just want my sister honored,” Mark Clore said.

Based off what family, friends and former co-workers have said, she is honored every time she's spoken of.

“I've still always gotten to look up to her as a role model and that's because I hear the stories and I get to hear the memories from my father, my uncles, my aunts, my grandparents. Even people I've met before that used to work with her could go on and tell me stories. They've never met be but still 20 years later they can still tell me stories. And there's never a bad story,” said Ryan Skees.

Her brothers say that most of all you need to make yourself bigger than what the situation is. They specifically recall Joyce's time taking in troubled youth with Safe Place. It's that spirit of giving back that has spread within her family.

“By doing these interviews and remembering Joyce is that there's a whole other world out there and that you can be a difference to that,” said Jordan Clore.

And more than how she died, it's the way she lived her life that will be remembered.

As the oldest cold case in Shively, the Shively Police Department asks anyone with information to call the department or Kentuckiana Crime Stoppers.

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