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Joyce Arlene Edgecombe, age 74, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday at her daughter’s home in Greenville. The daughter of Howard Kenneth & Thelma Elizabeth (Hankis) Main, she was born on October 29, 1935 in Greenville.

Following her graduation from Greenville High School, Joyce married Robert A. Bob Edgecombe on July 23, 1954 in Greenville.

A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Joyce was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Cleveland-Wolverton Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Greenville, and enjoyed handicrafts especially quilting and knitting afghans. She had attended Greenville Community Church.

She was preceded in death by parents; her husband, Bob Edgecombe; a daughter, Cheryl Keesler; a great grandson, Reese Cornell; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Dann-Garvey and Beverly Knickerbocker; and three brothers-in-law, Edward Edgecombe, Carmen Bean, and Forest Furhman.

Surviving are two daughters and four sons-in-law, Tammy & Tom Bentley of Morley, Kathy & Glen Voorhees of Greenville, Donald Keesler, and his wife Linda, of Harrisville, and Larry Walker of Greenville; a sister, Yvonne Bean of Stanwood; two sisters-in-law, Leontine Fuhrman and Zelma Edgecombe; a brother-in-law, Bernard Knickerbocker; a special life long friend, Elva Kelly of Greenville; her grandchildren, Jason & Karen Keesler, Robert & Brandie Keesler, Kaitlyn Keesler, Angela & Matt Stilson, Michael & Susan Cornell, Charles & Cindy Cornell, Melissa & Wyatt Clark, William Bentley, James Vorhees, Phillip & Kristine Voorhees, Brenda & Jeffrey Clark, Jessica Walker, Justin Voorhees, Dale Voorhees, Michael Voorhees, Angeleak Adams, and Chandler Kosla; and thirteen great grandchildren with the fourteenth due next month; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2010 at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where the family will receive relatives and friends from 12-1 p.m.

Instead of flowers, Joyce would have appreciated memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place and burial will be in Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

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  1. Anonymous on December 29, 2009 at 12:00 am


    01/01/2010 –

    glenda adams

    It was great to talk to you today Tammy, It was nice your mom had a wonderful family christmas. I hope all goes well for you tomorrow for you and your family. Love, Glenda

    01/01/2010 –

    Michael Adair and Teresa Wright

    Joyce will be sadly missed but will be with all of us in our hearts.

    01/01/2010 –

    Charles & Darlene (Conroy) Monroe

    To Joyce’s family and Yvonne Bean, Sorry to hear of Joyce’s death and sorry we can’t be there for the funeral but be assured that our thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. We have many special memories about the good times we had as cousins at the fairgrounds behind “Grandpa & Grandma Hankis” grocery store and fishing at the pier in Muskegon with “Uncle Howard & Aunt Thelma” ,my Mom and Dad (Ted & Mildred Conroy) as well as our special Christmas get-togethers at “Grandpa & Grandmas”. May God give you comfort in your sorrow. John 14:27

    12/31/2009 –

    Terry & Bette Hankis

    We were very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you in this trying time. Terry & Bette Hankis

    12/31/2009 –

    Waste Management

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers with the loss of your mother and grandmother.

    12/30/2009 –


    To the Family,
    I would like to express my deepest sympathy to each of you.
    May these words of Christ Jesus be of comfort to you. He states at John 5:28,29 that all those in the memorial tombs (graves) will hear his voice and come out.
    Our Creator Jehovah God also assures us that he is going to wipe away the tears of sorrow from our eyes forever and death will be no more. (Revelation 21:3-5)
    Again, I extend my condolences to each of you. May the God of all Comfort comfort you.

    12/30/2009 –

    John & Karen (Hankis)Jalomo

    Tammy & Kathy and family. May god comfort you in your time of loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    12/30/2009 –

    Donna Wallaker

    I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your loved one.

    12/30/2009 –

    morgan van dyken

    We will miss you Grandma E.!

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