Joyce Braden

June 17, 1937 ‒ February 22, 2021

Galion, Ohio

Joyce Braden, 83, formerly of Galion passed away Monday, February 22, 2021 at home after an extended illness surrounded by her daughters.

Born June 17, 1937 in Leesburg, Florida, she was the daughter of Hershel Perry Atkinson, Laura Belle (Tinch) Atkinson and EvaDean Atkinson. She married Alan Braden on July 16, 1969 and he preceded her in death on December 8, 2012.

She attended school in Banner Springs, Tenn. Joyce was involved in the day to day operation of the family dairy farm in Morrow County. Her passion was being an EMT starting as a volunteer EMT in Iberia in the 1970’s and proudly served as a Captain for many years. Later she became an EMT for Galion Ambulance Services. She found great joy in serving her community by being able to give aid and comfort to those in need. After leaving the ambulance service she worked at Lifetouch in Galion and retired from there.

Her hobbies were bowling and beloved bingo, including her underground bingo game held at her home and time spent with her family.

She is survived by daughters, Vicki Hawk of Mt. Gilead, Terri Gale of Galion, Tonya (Haven) Shenefield of Galion, Trudi Owens of Galion and Michelle (Kevin) Rinehart of Broken Arrow, OK.; grandchildren Jason Crockett, Chad Steele, James Crockett, Kristi Barton, Ashley Borders, Casey Shenefield, Whitley Willis, Laura Richards, Samantha Campbell, Wade Hawk, Justina Barth and Andrew Utter; 20 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brothers, Wendell (Cindy) Atkinson, Dennis (Kay) Atkinson, Ben Atkinson and Ronnie (Julie) Atkinson; sister, Faye (Bob) Harville, Doris Atkinson, Karen (Lee) Little, Retha Davidson and Joella (Phillip) Clark all of Tennessee; sister-in-law, Linda Lacomb Williams of Tampa, Florida and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by brothers, Danny Atkinson, Randy Atkinson, Lonnie Atkinson and two infant boys and sisters, Annabelle Martin and Reba LaRue.

The family will receive friends Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until time of the memorial service which will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Pines Christian Church, 6775 St. Rt. 42, Mt. Gilead, Ohio with Dr. Jeff Collins officiating. A private burial will be held for the family at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northmor Music Boosters in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Joyce Braden, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • I am so very sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. I have many memories of her while growing up. She was always such a kind person and had an infectious way about how she cared for her family and friends.

  • Dear Terri and Vicki,
    So sorry to hear about the death of your mother. You and your family are in our

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of this amazing woman we are blessed to have met such a amazing woman. We will keep her and her family im our prayers.

  • Terri, please know that Danny and I send our deepest sympathy and condolences . May your memories give you comfort. Prayers for your Mother and for all of you. Hugs.

  • Michelle,
    You, the girls and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for strength and comfort in the days to come. Love you

  • So sorry to learn of Joyce’s death. I was happy to get reacquainted with her during our 7 years at Hope Cabins – every Tuesday – BINGO! What a special lady! So kind, caring, and committed. God’s peace be with you and your family in this difficult time.

  • I remember being on Iberia squad 4 with Joyce. She taught me many things about helping patients. She also had a great sense of humor. Prayers for her family and friends.

  • Dearest Terri and family, We are sorry to learn of your mother’s death. Please feel our hugs. Much Love and Many Prayers, Uncle Jerry and Aunt Linda

  • Michelle (& family)
    I am sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. I remember her (just like it was yesterday) being on the squad w/Aunt Jenny. She will truly be missed. You all will be in my thoughts….
    Kerri Needels

  • So very sorry to hear of the passing of your precious momma, Brownie. May you find comfort in loving memories of her, and knowing you are all surrounded by love and heartfelt sentiments.
    Jan Tuscan

  • So sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace. I remember her from squad. She was a good person.

  • Sorry to hear about your mom. I forgot all about her being on the EMS team till I read it. I remember the old farm on 61 and the cows in the barn when Chad was a baby running around. She was always sweet and funny. I’m sure she will be missed greatly prayers to all of you. May God comfort with his loving arms.

  • I (Debbe) spent six years running squad with Joyce in Iberia and 32 years with her as a member of the Iberia Volunteer Fire Dept Auxiliary. We spent many years making hard tack candy to sell to support the fire dept. and working the kitchen on bingo nights. We attended many Halloween parties, pizza parties, hay rides, etc. with our kids and have a lot of good memories that were made with Joyce and Al over the years.

    Our sympathies are with the family.

    Debbe & Larry Steinhilber

    • Thank you. I know she liked making that hard rick candy and all the wonderful memories she had with the squad and fire department families

  • Michelle and sisters, So sorry for your loss, Your mom was always fun to be around, had a lot of laughs with her. Mike Garverick and Dianne

  • Sorry to hear about youre Mom.Ill never forget the times we went to bingo together with your Aunt Annabell and Granny Dean.My thoughts and prayers to the family.She will be missed.
    With Love,Rhonda

  • So sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. She was a super sweet lady and will be missed by many. My Thoughts and Prayers go out to all of you girls and your families. Our deepest condolences. Love you all

  • I met Joyce while working at Galion community Hospital, she will be truly missed. So sorry for your loss sending prayers to you and your family.