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Dec. 8, 1933—Aug. 9, 2015 Joyce Ann Noble, 81, of Fairfield Glade, passed away Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at her home. She was born Dec. 8, 1933, in Iowa City, IA, the daughter of the late Clarence Thomas and Anna (Sasek) Thomas. Joyce was a homemaker and a member of Fairfield Glade Community Church. She is survived by her daughters, Michele Griffin of Hellertown, PA, Cheryl Raney (Bruce) of El Paso, IL, and Lisa Noble of Abingdon, MD; son, Jeffrey Noble (Sheryl) of Joy, IL; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert G. Noble Jr. Joyce’s mother died two days after her birth. She then went to live with her grandparents in Fairfield, IA. Her grandmother passed from typhoid and the couple next door, Fred and Cecilia Hobson, raised her. Joyce believed “no one could have had better parents.” She met her future husband in sixth grade, while living in the Arsenal Courts in Rock Island, IL. They began dating at a Sadie Hawkins dance. They married shortly after high school, then Herb was immediately deployed to Germany. She joined him a year later and they started a family while living abroad. In addition to being a homemaker, Joyce was a bookkeeper with a law firm while living in Illinois. After relocating to New Jersey, she worked at AT&T and with a wholesale toy representative. Joyce belonged to various clubs and groups. She served as president of the PTA while in Illinois. She belonged to garden and quilting groups in all of the communities she lived in. Most recently was a member of Fairfield Glade PEO, Garden Club and the Ladies Club at Fairfield Glade Community Church. She also loved participating in the various golf groups in the Glade. Joyce traveled all over the world with her late husband, Herb. Her life was always full of pets—her kitties were very dear to her. A memorial service will be held at Fairfield Glade Community Church in Fairfield Glade at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Humane Association. Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  August 17, 2015
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