Joyce I. “Joy” DeVine

October 13, 1920 ‒ August 02, 2015

Sunbury, Ohio

australian flagJoyce I. “Joy” DeVine, age 94 of Sunbury and formerly of Columbus passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015 following a 2 year illness.

She was born in Sydney, Australia on October 13, 1920 to the late Raymond and Doris (Bourke) Howard. A WW II War bride, she was most proud of her Australian heritage and it was there she met her husband Gerald Joseph “Joe” DeVine. Together they shared 52 years raising a family and traveling. Sadly he passed away in 1996.

For many years Joy worked as a hairdresser for the downtown Lazarus Dept. Store.  She enjoyed a passion for gardening, knitting, and the beach, especially those experienced from her many island travels.  Always in favor of a meal out, she was the consummate mother, and enjoyed her pets, shihtzu’s Gidget and Natalie. She never stopped worrying about her children and grandchildren.  Joy will be remembered for her frugal ways, love of gardening and her family, most importantly her treasured grandchildren.

She is survived by her children son Jerry (Judith Ann)  DeVine of Gahanna, daughter Janet (Bob) Jenkins of Sunbury, grandchildren Lindsay (George) Tuvell of TN, Robbie Jenkins of Sunbury, step-grandchildren Becky (Doug) Ryme, Jay (Leanna) Love, and great-grandchildren Savannah and Wyatt Tuvell, her extended Australian family, especially close cousins Joan Mullins, Selina Mullins, and Angelique Perry all of Bendigo, Australia.

A gathering of friends and family will be held Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR’s 3 at 61, Sunbury where a service celebrating her life will follow at 5:00 p.m. with Celebrant Don Lockwood presiding.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army.

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  • So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Although I can just imagine your parents together again having a wonderful time together.

  • Your Mom was such a lovely woman and a great neighbor!
    She was so proud of all of you, and I know you have so many
    cherished memories.

  • I was so saddened to hear of Joyce’s passing, and am very sorry for your family’s loss.

    I came to know your mother from Bennington Glen where my mother is a resident, and just wanted to let the family know what a pleasure it was for me to know Joyce. My mother and I, along with a few other residents, visited with Joyce many times in the courtyard at Bennington and I thoroughly enjoyed her company and the conversations we had. A very pleasant and wonderful lady to be around – I will miss seeing her there. My deepest sympathies to the family.

    Jeanie Taggart