AUBURN — Joyce Evelyn Gamble Blair entered into the arms of Jesus the morning of Feb. 21.
She was born in Littleton, N.H., March 28, 1932, the daughter of Erwin Gamble Sr. and Christina Atkinson Gamble. Joyce grew up in Rumford and graduated from Stephens High School in 1950. She became an accomplished secretary and worked for many different companies throughout her career. Joyce retired as secretary from Kora Temple in Lewiston in 1992.
Joyce loved being a wife to her dearest friend and devoted husband, George. They enjoyed many years together serving as officers and members of the Order of Eastern Star at Pine Cone Chapter OES 26 in Auburn. Joyce was honored to serve as Eastern Star’s chaplain in the Grand Chapter of Maine.
Joyce found great joy in her family and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved big family gatherings and was happiest when the family was all together. Joyce and George spent many happy winters in Florida, after retirement, where they loved going to the beach, finding yard sales, working on puzzles and cultivating friendships among their neighbors.
Joyce is survived by her husband, George; her son, Mark Edwards and his wife, Melanie; daughter, Mary Ellen Pinkham and her husband, Doug; her stepson, Gary Blair and his wife, Melanie; her stepsons, Ricky Blair and Dave Blair and his wife, Rena; her twin brother, Erwin Gamble Jr. and his wife, Doris; her brother, Thomas Gamble and his wife, Rae; her brother-in-law, Richard Shea; as well as many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; and her sister, Barbara Shea.
Because Joyce made a decision to believe in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, her family is comforted in knowing their parting is temporary and Joyce is blessed and whole in the presence of her Lord.
The family would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the caregivers at Cedar Ridge Nursing Center for their devotion and loving care of both Joyce and George. We cannot thank you enough for all you have done over these last three years.