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Joyce Elaine Simon Gillespie ’48

Joyce Elaine Simon Gillespie ’48, November 20, 2012, in Priest River, Idaho. Joyce came to Reed from nearby Gresham, Oregon, and studied at the college for two years. During World War II, she worked at Montgomery Ward, and in 1947 she married her best friend, Duane Gillespie. The couple moved to Priest River in 1954. Joyce worked briefly as a librarian for the Priest River Elementary School, but was primarily devoted to raising her three children and volunteering for 4-H, Job’s Daughters, and the Priest River Friends of the Library. She was passionate about gardening, and did beautiful work by hand, including sewing and quilting. With her husband she enjoyed picking huckleberries, hunting for mushrooms, and stream fishing. Survivors include two daughters and a son, nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2013

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