Nellie Joyce Ribich

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Anniston - With her loving family surrounding her, Nellie Joyce Ribich joined her many loved ones in Heaven on July 18, 2013. Now free of pain and illness, this beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend has been welcomed home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. Joyce was born on May 20, 1942, in Buchanan, Georgia. On April 8, 1963, she married her military man and the love of her life, Major (Retired) Frank L. Ribich Jr. The couple traveled extensively and eventually settled in Anniston, Alabama. Joyce was an avid animal lover and a Licensed Practical Nurse, but her most cherished vocation was being a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; mother, Ruby Louise Whitaker; father, Horace Barkwell, and brother, Preston Barkwell. She is survived by her three devoted children, Cheryl C. Ribich, Frank L. Ribich III and grandson, Stephen, Dayna Darlene (Chris) Cook and grandson, Christopher; sisters, Rachel (Eugene) Poythress and Frances (Barry) Chavous; uncle, Clifford Woody; cousins, Sara Walton and Howard (Judy) Woody; stepfather, Charles (Margaret) Whitaker; dear friends, Pam Ford and Tara and Tom Taylor; and countless nieces and nephews. Joyce's family would like to extend a special thank you to her doctors, nurses, and hospice staff for their care and comfort during her treatment. Thank you all for helping her on this journey. To her many friends and to all those who visited, supported, and encouraged her during her long and courageous battle with cancer, we thank you. A Funeral Mass celebrating Joyce's life will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 22, 2013, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Golden Springs with The Reverend Bryan Lowe officiating. The family will welcome family and friends from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday evening at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel in Golden Springs. Her final resting place will be at Forestlawn Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the League for Animal Welfare, P.O. Box 2510, Anniston, AL 36202 (www.leaguepets.org), or the , 1100 Ireland Way, Suite 101, Birmingham, AL 35205 (www.cancer.org). "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." II Corinthians 5:8 Online condolences may be made to the family at www.klbrownmemorychapel.com. K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 231-2334
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K.L. Brown Memory Chapel
620 Golden Springs Road
Anniston, AL 36207
(256) 231-2334
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Published in The Anniston Star on July 20, 2013
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