Joyce Eileen Gant, 83, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Paradise Valley Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. following a short illness. Joyce was born in Decatur, Ill., the second child of Herbert and Blanche Antrim.
Growing up during the economic depression of the 1930ís molded her into a strong but loving and caring young woman. She and Travis Gant, her husband of 32 years, were married in Tucson, Ariz., in 1950. Travisís civil engineering career led the family from several towns in Arizona, to the Ford proving ground in Romeo, Mich., and back to Arizona where they settled in Globe in 1962. There Joyce raised her two children, assisted her husband in his engineering business, and was a well known and loved member of the Globe community, including the First Presbyterian Church of Globe and the Order of Eastern Star.
After losing her husband to cancer in 1982, Joyce pursued a career with Columbia Artists Management in 1984 as a regional representative for the Community Concerts organization, for whom she had previously served as a volunteer in Globe. Joyce was able to fulfill her lifelong love of music and the arts, while traveling extensively throughout the western U.S. and to New York City to preview musical performances. She moved to Phoenix in 1990 and retired in 1998.
Through her business trips to the east coast, Joyce became reacquainted with Dale Minor, cousin of her late husband, and a strong bond formed. Dale was her loving and devoted life partner for 20 years, having moved west to join Joyce in Phoenix in 2004.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and older brother Herb.
She is survived by partner, Dale Minor; daughter, Leslie Irvine (Jack); son, Jonathan (Candace); honorary daughter, Paula Cunningham; two younger siblings, David Antrim and Susan Tinsman and their families; grandchildren Paula Scott, Heather Crow, Derek and Elizabeth Nixon; and great-granddaughter, Kylee Kepler. Joyce was loved by friends and family and her outgoing and positive personality will be missed by all.
Memorial service will be held at the Chapel at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the music ministry at First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Hill St., Globe, AZ 85501 or Pinnacle Presbyterian Church of Scottsdale, Ariz.