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Joyce Currie: Devoting her time to daycare for 45 years

"She's beat cancer three times. She's lost her husband and her daughter in the last seven years," said Carroll. (Image: Hixson First Baptist Church)

If you go inside one Hixson Daycare, you'll find a woman the children see as not just a volunteer, but their grandmother.

Whether it's devoting her time at lunch or just plain old quality time, you can always find Joyce Currie at Hixson First Baptist Church.

"They all love her. Everybody loves her. When they need her, she's always here," said Belaine Carroll.

Carroll met Joyce nearly a year ago.

Joyce is her boyfriend's mother.

And ever since she met her, she says her life just hasn't been the same.

"She's beat cancer three times. She's lost her husband and her daughter in the last seven years," said Carroll.

Leaving Joyce sometimes struggling to pay for her much-needed medication.

But Belaine says, no matter what Joyce may go through, she does it with a smile on her face.

"I'm nervous but I'm so happy for her. I'm very happy for her," said Carroll.

NewsChannel 9 followed church workers through the halls and onto the church playground.

There, we found Joyce playing with the kids.

"On behalf of NewsChannel 9 and the McMahan law firm, I'm here to pay it forward to you for being such a good person," said Carroll.

We asked Joyce what keeps her coming back to this daycare each and every day.

Her answer was simple.

"If I hadn't had this daycare to come back to, after my husband died and my daughter that got killed, I don't know what I would have done," said Currie.

And perhaps, just maybe, these children will grow up and always remember, Joyce Currie.

"They're my life. This is all I've known for 45 years is taking care of these little ones. I said I feel like I've raised half of Hixson's children or helped raise them," said Currie.

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