November 19, 1929 ‒ November 12, 2016
Formerly of Maysville, Kentucky
ARLINGTON, VA: Joyce Love was a Hero of her generation. From her small hometown in Kentucky, she forged a path to the Nation’s Capital to carve out a key position in the country’s intelligence community. Her independence and integrity personified American Grit at a time when women weren’t given all opportunities. Our nation has much for which to thank humble heroes like Joyce.
Joyce Wilson Love peacefully passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016 from The Jefferson in Arlington, Virginia following a three month illness. She was just one week shy of her 87th birthday.
Joyce was born November 19, 1929 to parents James B., Sr. & Ellen (Gilkison) Love in Maysville, Kentucky. She was graduated from Maysville High School with the class of 1947 and after graduation she went to Cincinnati, Ohio to work for the Ohio Barge Line Co.
In 1950, Joyce moved to Arlington, VA working for the Department of Defense. She served as an Intelligence Analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency for over 25 years and before retiring in 1985 she was awarded countless civilian achievements and commendations.
Joyce was a Kentucky Colonel, member of Limestone Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of the Chapel in Arlington, Virginia.
She was an accomplished pianist—Joyce began playing the piano at age five and never stopped; she even took advanced piano lessons later in life. She was very proud of her roots in the Bluegrass/Limestone area of Kentucky and always anticipated autumn family gatherings with excitement.
Joyce is survived by her brother and sister-in-law James B., Jr. & Susan Love of Mansfield, OH; nephews James B. Love III of Winston-Salem, NC, Darrin M. Love of Cleveland, OH, twin nieces Amanda S. (Morris) Love-Brown and Kara L. Love of Columbus, OH.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, December 5, 2016 in the chapel at Maysville Cemetery. Friends are invited to call beginning at 12:30 and Pastor Joseph Gilkison will officiate.
The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home in Mansfield, OH is honored to serve her family.