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Joyce Ann (Gamble) Baldridge

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BALDRIDGE, Joyce Ann (Gamble) 72, passed away at Good Samaritans Cardiac ICU on April 11, 2010. Born in Dayton, Ohio on November 11, 1937 and preceded in death by her parents James and Fannie Gamble, grandmothers Mary Walker and Cecile Bilbrey, grandfathers Herman Walker and Walter Bilbrey, sister Carol Goddard, brothers Allen Lee, Gary Gamble and James Lee, brothers-in-law James Goddard and Lowell Bicknell, and the father of her children George Baldridge. Joyce is survived by her beloved children James Baldridge of Englewood/Clayton, Ohio, Anthony (Michelle) Baldridge of Union, Ohio and Athena Baldridge of Englewood/Clayton, Ohio, her most precious granddaughters Adrianna, Alexandra and Gabrielle Baldridge, sister Linda Burnett of Port Charlotte, Florida, sisters-in-law Sheila Gamble of Dayton, Ohio and Virginia (Gene) Hayes of Caldwell, Idaho, Godchildren in her most beloved Catholic Church, Joe, Sue, Hannah and Oliver Bicknell, Lanae Henderson, and Kayla Burnett, also many more uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. She is also survived by long time friends Ron and Judy Kissee, Nancy Rice, Steve and Mary Caudell, Betty Applegate, Shirley Portner, Mary Mikel, Koula Duff and all of her Alumnae sisters. After years of fun, friendships, and love for The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, she graduated from a school of excellence, Julienne High School, class of 1955. She has maintained a lifetime membership of that school and since 1973, was a board member. She was the representative of Julienne/Notre Dame Alumnae Board to The International Federation of Catholic Alumnae and chairperson for the Baby League. Upon graduation from high school, she served in the United States Womens Army Corps for almost six years both state side and overseas (Japan and Okinawa) where she served as secretary to General William Westmoreland and was later stationed at the NORAD Command Center when it was still underground, buried deep under Cheyenne Mountain. She received a degree in Education from American University in Japan enabling her to teach in Military Dependent Schools. Upon her marriage to George, a twenty-six year United States Army Ranger and Vietnam veteran, she performed such duties as casualty notifications and starting Waiting Wives Groups during Vietnam, never forgetting those that lived, died and are still prisoners of that war. Her travel days as a military wife took her to Germany, Greece, the Middle East, most of Europe, Kentucky, Georgia, Nebraska, California, Washington, North Carolina, Alabama and Colorado. She was a devout supporter of her faith, family and the U.S. Military. She was also very happy to be forever remembered on a national monument, the Womens Memorial in Washington, D.C., for her service to her country. She was exceptionally proud to be a veteran born on Veterans Day. After her military life, she took courses in Crisis Intervention permitting her to ride with most Montgomery County Police Departments and helped start the Englewood Help Patrol. Joyce also worked for many years at the Early Learning Tree Childrens Center and retired from Northmont City Schools. Joyce loved retirement, being able to enjoy her family and friends, traveling, doing her Alumnae work, reading, phone conversations and of course, all of her luncheons and dinners. Joyce was a member of Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church in Dayton, Ohio. Her funeral tribute will be 12:00 Noon, Thursday, April 15, 2010 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME ENGLEWOOD CHAPEL, 675 West Wenger Road with Father William ODonnell CPPS celebrant, burial will follow in the Dayton National Cemetery. Her family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to: Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Mount Notre Dame Health and Retirement Center, 701 East Columbia Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45215-3999. Online condolences to her family may be made at: www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.

Published in Dayton Daily News from Apr. 12 to Apr. 13, 2010
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