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Joyce Gayhart

Died: Thu., Dec. 31, 2020


Services are to be announced


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Joyce M. Gayhart [nee Collins] of Coquille, Oregon, passed on to Heaven to reunite with her husband and finally meet her Lord and Savior on December 31, 2020 at the age of 91, surrounded by her family.

Joyce was born April2, 1929 in Tipler, Wisconsin, at the onset of the Great Depression, to Willard and Martha (nee Poikonen) Collins.  At the age of 7, Joyce tragically lost her mother, but she was fortunate to have a loving step-mother, Ilona, step in to help raise her and her siblings as her own.  After graduating from Stambaugh High School in Michigan in 1947, Joyce married Dallas Gayhart in September of that year.  Together, the couple had five children and raised two more.  The couple always has an open home-becoming second parents to other children.  Over their 46-year marriage, Joyce and Dallas resided in Tipler, Wisconsin; Mackay, Idaho; Kenosha, Wisconsin; and Bandon, Oregon.  After her husband’s death in 1993, Joyce moved to Coquille, Oregon.

Sometimes out of necessity and certainly for enjoyment, Joyce harbored many artistic talents.  She was an amazing seamstress, sewing many of her own and her children’s clothes, as well as quilts and other crafts.  Joyce played piano and guitar at church and for the enjoyment of her kids and grandkids.  In her retirement years, she put her artistic talents to canvas, creating dozens of paintings she shared with her family and friends.

Joyce was a longtime faithful servant to her Lord and Savior, always very active in church, eventually becoming an ordained minister, along with her husband.  She and Dallas were pastors at a number of churches over the years.  For years preceding her death, she was a member of the Victory Tabernacle Church in Coquille, Oregon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Martha Collins, Willard and Ilona Collins; her husband Dallas Gayhart; siblings Shirley Collins, Elbert Collins, Eugene Collins and Thelma Johnson; daughter-in-law Linda Gayhart; Two grandbabies; and a great-grandson.

She is survived by her children John “Bud” Gayhart, of Winnemucca, Nevada; Thomas Gayhart and wife Rhonda, of Coalport, Pennsylvania; Lorna Gayhart, of Coquille, Oregon; Glen Gayhart, of Coquille, Oregon; Ilona Ward and husband Michael, of Yakima, Washington; David Combs, of Myrtle Point, Oregon; and Cindy Mize and husband Randy, Of Trenton, Ohio.  Joyce also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Jamie, Alexandra, Samuel, Zachary, Daniel, Michael, Andrew and Dustin; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Joyce was never a wealthy woman.  She and Dallas lived their lives modestly and did the best they could to live conservatively by sometimes making their own clothes, growing and canning their own food, buying very used cars and shopping the sales at all of the grocery stores in the region.  They were children of the Great Depression, after all.  What they didn’t have in dollars and cents, they had in generosity of time, guidance, love and concern.

She was a proud wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and those that are still left here on Earth are grateful to have her as their guardian angel, looking down from Heaven.  She will truly be missed and though her family grieves her loss, they are comforted to know that Joyce has been reunited with all those she’d lost.  She’s with her father and both her mothers, her brothers and sisters, her husband and the grandbabies she never got to meet.  She’s no longer in pain and she is happy and for that, the rest of her family is re-JOYCE-ing.

The family is holding a small, private service on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to a local hospice organization.

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