Joyce Gail Coburn

October 27, 1950March 13, 2021

Joyce Gail Coburn age 70 of Albion passed away peacefully in her home under the loving care of her family and Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

She was born October 27, 1950 in Concord, Michigan the daughter of Kermit Junior and Dorothy Leona (Walker) Oliphant. She married Merlin “Merl” Coburn in 1993 and he preceded her in death on July 9, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Kermit Oliphant and Dorothy Fox.

Joyce was a very loving woman with a heart of gold and great sense of humor. She loved to laugh and will be fondly remembered for her quick wit and smile that was larger than life. She was truly one in a million and loved her family deeply, especially her children and grandchildren. She also loved Rod Stewart, traveling, particularly to Tennessee, Georgia and Missouri to visit family and loved going out to eat with her best girlfriends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Joyce leaves to cherish her memory, son, Michael (Missy) Combs, daughter, Crystal Combs, 6 grandchildren: Kiertsen, Jordyn, Dylan, Amathyst, Jayden and Jasper, 8 great-grandchildren, siblings: Jackie (Lynette) Oliphant, JoAnn Generi, Jeania (Perry) Brown, Judy (Doug) Stephens and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Joyce’s family will celebrate her life with a graveside service on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 3PM at Albion Memory Gardens with Pastor Jimmy Collins officiating.

The family is being served by J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Dr., Albion. To leave online messages of condolence, please visit


  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, March 18, 2021


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Shawnee Peters

March 16, 2021

Joyce was our step mom to shawn peters merlin Coburn Tina Walter and Mike Coburn. We love you Joyce rest in peeace

Susie Solis

March 14, 2021

Your beautiful smile lit up a room Joyce! You leave an incredible legacy of love and joy. I’m forever grateful God allowed our paths to cross in this life and I look forward to seeing you in the next! Prayers of comfort and peace to your family as they go forward without you. You will be missed. Til we meet again, my friend! 💜