Joyce Garbee

April 23, 1935March 12, 2018

Joyce Garbee, 82, died peacefully at her home in Charlotte, NC on March 12, 2018. Joyce, daughter of the late Lester and Muriel Fickbohm, was born in Jersey City, NJ on April 23, 1935. Joyce was married to the love of her life, Hunter, for 62 years. Joyce was the devoted mother of three children, (Dave, Beth and Cindy) and the loving grandmother of two grandsons (Hunter and David).

Joyce touched so many lives with the spirit of Christian love, joy and service: she participated in Rainbow Girls and Eastern Star as a young woman, served as Girl Scout and Cub Scout Leader, and was a faithful member of Lions Clubs International. Joyce has been a member of Sharon Presbyterian Church since 1993, actively assisting with Room in The Inn for many years. She participated in Charlotte Newcomers, Retired Couples Club, Senior Scholars, and a variety of bridge and social clubs. She unconditionally loved people and life. She enjoyed working as a paralegal secretary, moving with her family to eight different states over the years, and traveling-both domestic and abroad. Joyce loved her pets, songbirds, flowers, and cross-stitch. An avid homemaker, Joyce was a fabulous cook and always made people feel welcome in her comfortable home. She will be remembered for her caring and serving attitude and actions, and for her joy and laughter. She will be missed by all who have known her.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Hunter Garbee, of Charlotte; son, Dave Garbee, of Charlotte; daughter, Beth Brunner, and two grandsons, Hunter and David Brunner of Charlotte; daughter, Cindy Coats, and her husband Doug Coats of Kila, Montana; sister, Karen Gubner, and her husband, Stan Gubner of Leesburg, Florida; and extended loving family throughout the country.

A "Celebration of Life" Service will be held at 2:00pm on Palm Sunday, 25 March 2018 at Light of Christ United Methodist Church-9212 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte NC 28277. Respectfully request that, in lieu of flowers, commemoration be made by memorial donation to South Park Lions Club, P.O. Box 481528, Charlotte NC 28269-5313.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, March 25, 2018

Joyce Garbee

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Dan and Anne Drum

March 21, 2018

Though miles have separated us in recent years, we cherish the memories of the good times we had together. Joyce was always a bright spot in our lives, not just as a fellow Lion, but also a dear friend. Words cannot adequately express our feelings. Hunter, Anne and I have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers in this time of grief. We are confident that such a good servant of the Lord has been welcomed with open arms in her new Heavenly home.

With love,
Dan and Anne

Ron and Cathy Keyser

March 15, 2018

Dear Hunter and Family
Thinking of you and hoping you find comfort in remembering. With heartfelt sympathy in your time of sorrow. Ron and Cathy Keyser

Thomas & Libby Widgeon

March 14, 2018

Sorry For Your Loss!