In memoriam: Joyce Johns, Westside historian
Services were Sept. 6.
An Iowa native, Johns had lived in Colorado Springs since 1957. She and her husband AC (Al) Johns - who preceded her in death - had three children: a daughter Kass and sons, Tom and Terry.
She had studied to be a nurse, but had to give that up after suffering a leg injury in a 1953 traffic accident, according to her obituary.
“She eventually became a respected Colorado historian, writer and lecturer,” her obituary states. This included volunteer work with the OCCHS, as well as the Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners and El Paso County Pioneers Association.
The OCCHS formed in 1981, and she was its fifth president, from 1989 to 1993.
Dave Hughes, one of the OCCHS founders, also credited Johns with being “quite a help” as a Pioneers Association volunteer, working with the archives at the Pioneers Museum downtown. “When I started digging into the history of Colorado City in 1976, she dug out and passed to me copies of many documents and photographs of Colorado City people and buildings,” Hughes recalled. “That helped me start separating Old Colorado City and the Westside from old Colorado Springs.”