Joyce Gahner, 89, Jamestown, ND passed peacefully into the Lord's arms Tuesday August 2, 2016 at the Ave Maria Village in Jamestown, ND.
Joyce Ann Kinslow was born the eldest daughter of Clarence and Minnie (Ogren) Kinslow September 20, 1926 in Olmstead, IL. The family moved to ND in 1934 and to the Jud area in March of 1940. She attended the local school until 1944 when her parents moved to Swede Township. She attended Kulm High School her senior year, graduating in 1945.
Joyce married Otto Gahner of Jud, July 15, 1945. They began their farming career on the Fred and Karolina Gahner homestead. In 1946 they purchased the Gahner homestead and continued to raise polled Hereford cattle and grain farm until Otto's death in 1982. Joyce remained on the farm for a short time until moving into Jud her memory began to fail, she spent some time living with her sons, Scott and Tracy, before moving to assisted living in Gackle and then Edgeley. She settled in at Rosedele assisted living Center of Jamestown. She moved to Ave Maria Village in Jamestown in 2013, and lived there until her death.
Joyce was always very active in her community. Over the years she was a member of the Jud School hot lunch committee, band mothers, 4-H co-leader, and the Meadow Lark Homemakers. She was a member of the Jud United Methodist Choir and the United Methodist Women. She served as the secretary of the Jud Café board and was a charter member of the local TOPS chapter.
She is survived by her 7 children, Harlan Gahner, Norwich, CT; Darlene (Roger Zillmer) Gahner, Jamestown, ND; Carolyn (Charles) Brown, Pomona, CA; Tracy Gahner, West Fargo, ND; Scott (Genien) Gahner, Kulm, ND; Brent Gahner, Norwich, CT; Brenda (Richard) Dale, Crookston, MN; 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; 3 sisters and 2 brothers, Yvonne Hildebrand, Kulm, ND; Charlotte Sims, Wahpeton, ND; Joanne (Arlyn) Mogck, Fargo, ND; William "Skip" (Bea) Kinslow, Wayne, NE and Dennis (Maxine) Kinslow, Sturgis, SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and 2 brothers-in-law.
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