Joyce Hornaday Packard, the daughter of John Wesley and Nora Wright Hornaday, was born on June 21, 1925 in Fordyce, Arkansas. She enrolled in Baylor University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history and education in 1952. Shortly thereafter, she joined the Baylor Round Table and was appointed as the Assistant Dean of Women. She married Robert G. Packard, a Baylor physics professor, on April 15, 1954 with Baylor President W.R. White presiding over the ceremony.
After brief stints as a teacher in Stockton, California, and Clinton, Mississippi, Packard returned to Waco, earned her Master of Science in counseling (1957), and served as Acting Dean of Women at Baylor. In the early 1960's, Hornaday left Baylor to teach American history and government at Richfield High School in Waco for three years before ultimately transitioning to the role of school counselor, a position she held for nearly twenty years.
Packard was active in several local organizations including the Baylor Round Table (for which she served as Historian and President), the Brazos Forum, Historic Waco Foundation, Brazos Higher Education, the Mayborn Museum, and Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. Joyce and Bob Packard were awarded the Legendary Mentor Award by Baylor University in 2014 in recognition of their years of teaching and service.
More information about Joyce Hornaday Packard can be found at the Institute for Oral History.