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Joyce A. Humberd

BETHLEHEM Joyce Arlene Humberd, 57, peacefully went home to be with her Savior on Friday, November 9, 2012, after an extended battle with breast cancer. Who could possibly ask for a more wonderful wife, mother, grandma, and friend! Born on February 10, 1955, in York, to parents, James and Emaline Knepper, the family moved around during her early years as her father served on a construction crew for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches before settling down in York. After graduating from Northeastern High School and from the Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing, Joyce married her high school sweetheart, Larry Humberd, on July 24, 1976. They relocated to Winona Lake, Ind., while Larry completed seminary training, then moved to Hagerstown, Md., where Larry served on staff at a Grace Brethren Church. God blessed them with three daughters and one son and the family relocated to Bethlehem in 1991, where they have served faithfully for 21 years as pastor and wife to a caring congregation at Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church. In addition to ministry involvement, Joyce worked as a nurse for the Bethlehem School District. Joyce was highly respected and well loved by countless people with whom she crossed paths, and her love for God and living out the truths of His Word was clearly evident to all. She will be greatly missed. In addition to her husband, Joyce is survived by her children: Heidi, wife of Tim Hodge, and their children, Noah (7), Luke (5) and Abigail (2) of New Holland; Luke, husband of Kim (Bjerga) of Bethlehem, Beckie of Bethlehem; and Julie, wife of Jason White of Emmaus. Because of eternal life through Jesus Christ to those who put their trust in Him, Joyce is now reunited with her parents, Jim and Emaline, and brothers, Doug and Johnny. A Celebration and Memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, at Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church, 580 Bridle Path Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to orphan care for which Joyce cared deeply: "Project Hope and Charite" c/o LVGBC at above address or online at www.ph-c.com A memory tribute may be placed at www.longfuneralhome.com

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Nov. 12, 2012
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