Joyce M. Bowers Grimm
MOUNT GILEAD: Joyce M. Bowers Grimm, age 74, of Mount Gilead, went to be with the Lord peacefully, Monday morning, February 24, 2014, at home in her husband, Douglas' arms, following a brief illness.
On February 16, 1940, Joyce was born at her parent's home on State Route 529 in Marion County, the youngest of four children of the late LeRoy and Esther (Landes) Bowers.
While attending Cardington schools, Joyce fell in love with her high school sweetheart, Douglas Grimm, and she quickly knew they were meant for each other. They were married on September 8, 1956, at Nazarene Parsonage on Lincoln Avenue in Mount Gilead. During their wonderful 57 years of marriage, they were always by each other's side. Together they lovingly raised three daughters: Roxanne, Jody and Tina.
For many years, Joyce worked in the toy department at the Union Store, Conley's, and she worked as a bookkeeper for Community National Bank, all in Mount Gilead. Also, while Doug served as the mayor of Edison, she wrote the "Edison News" for the Morrow County Sentinel.
A woman of faith, Joyce had attended the Gilead Friends Church and more recently she had been attending the Mount Gilead Glory Baptist Church. She also was a member of the Morrow County Antique Tractor Club, where she had served as a reporter, and she had served as a brownie leader for the Girl Scouts.
Knowing her way around the kitchen, Joyce was both an excellent cook and an excellent baker. No one ever left her house hungry. Her family could go on and on about their favorite dishes, such as her cole slaw, her fried bologna sandwiches, her jello and much much more. She also made the best pies.
Always keeping busy, Joyce enjoyed making all types of crafts, and often sewed outfits for those crafts too. She also loved going to the Amish Country, and tending to her flowers. Most of all though, she cherished every moment spent with her husband, children and grandchildren.
Having a heart of gold, Joyce would do anything for anyone, but she didn't want any credit for anything. She gave from the heart and didn't want any fuss made about it.
Joyce will be dearly missed by her husband, Douglas Grimm of Mount Gilead; two daughters: Roxanne Strain, and Tina (Chris) Irons, both of Galion; three grandchildren: Brandon and Tyler Strain, and Keegen Moss; a great-granddaughter, Jenika Moss; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Bob.
Including her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her daughter, Jody Marie Grimm in 1982; her son-in-law, Blair Strain in 2002; two sisters: Maxine Wilson and Betty Claytor; and a brother, Darrell Bowers.
Her family will greet friends from 4 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 27th, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring her life will also be held there on Friday at 11:00 a.m., with Pastors Jeff Deel and Brian Mosher officiating. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Morrow County, P. O. Box 298, Mount Gilead, OH 43338.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Joyce's family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
Published in the News Journal on Feb. 25, 2014
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