Sept 21, 1943 - April 10, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Joyce Mae Lewis was born September 21, 1943, in Guthrie, OK during the union of Collins Hawthorne & Nina Mae Walker-Hawthorne. She was the third child, the only girl, of five children. Joyce attended public school in Guthrie. She and her family later moved to Oklahoma City, where she graduated from Douglass High School in 1961. She married at a young age to Warren G. Galbreith, whereby this union yielded the fruit of two daughters, Deborah R. Galbeith and Felicia D. (Galbreith) Baker, who were the loves of her life. Joyce was a devoted Mother and Grandmother, believing her greatest accomplishments and legacy were her girls. Joyce accepted Christ at an early age. She sang in the choir, was a member of the Usher Board, taught Sunday school classes, volunteered with women's missions, participated in church fundraiser fashion shows, performed individual drama portrayal of a "Christian Woman," her journey from childhood until the time she met her heavenly Father. During her life, she fellowshipped at several churches, however she became a lifetime member of Fairview Baptist Church, whereby she always declared that Fairview Baptist Church was her church home. As Joyce did the Lord's work, she helped lead several people to Christ. During her career, Joyce worked at Veterans Hospital, General Motors, and Tinker Air Force Base, retiring after 30 years of dedicated service. While at Tinker AFB, she worked in various fields and capacities, such as sheet metal mechanic, B-52 equipment inspections, fiberglass repair shop, boom shop, B1-B horizontal stabilizer shop, and as supervisor of the B-52 sheet metal back shop at the time of her retirement in 2003. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Collins and Nina Hawthorne; four brothers, Verdell "Bird," Delbert J., Roy C., and Robert L. "Tink" Hawthorne. On Thursday, April 10, 2014, Joyce departed this life at Midwest City Regional Hospital. She leaves to cherish her memory: her daughters, Deborah Galbreith and Felicia Baker; son-in-law, Phillip Baker; one grandchild, Phillip Baker II, whom she adored; nieces, nephews, relatives, Douglass High School Class of "61" and a host of friends. Services are Wednesday, 11 a.m. at Fairview Baptist Church, OKC, OK.
Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 14, 2014