Joan Wyble Mayer

April 14, 1931November 14, 2020

Joan Wyble Mayer of Lansing, Michigan, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2020 at the age of 89.

Joan was born April 14,1931 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to Elizabeth and Harry Huether. She was the youngest of seven children.

After graduating from Cass Tech High School in Detroit, Joan attended Wayne State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. She received her Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University in 1982.

Joan married F. Merrill Wyble on August 11,1954 in Germany. Together they raised six children. On August 18,1985, Joan married Reverend Robert F. Mayer and was blessed with four step children. Joan lovingly bragged about having 10 children.

Joan’s passion in life was caring for others, as evident in her six children, step-children, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and work as a social worker. In her younger years she volunteered at the kids’ schools, and St. Lawrence Auxiliary League. She was involved in several bridge club groups and a member of Beta Sigma Phi for 20 years. Throughout her life Joan was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lansing, MI, First Lutheran Church in Helena, MT and for the past 25 years at Martin Luther Chapel in East Lansing, MI.

She enjoyed cooking and baking and was famous for her homemade hot fudge sauce, ice cream cake roll, lasagna, and an endless supply of chocolate chip cookies. She also enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, hiking and traveling. Joan fought a 15 year battle with Alzheimer’s and through it all maintained her love of life and others. Joan was accepting and welcoming to anyone and everyone and opened her heart and home to all.

Joan is survived by her husband of 35 years, Robert F. Mayer; Her children: Beth (Frank) Gregg of Boonville, IN; Rick Wyble of Grand Rapids, MI; Laurey Wyble of Lansing, MI; Randy (Laura) Wyble of Lansing, MI; Nancy (Michael) Vance of Fenton, MI; Robert (Becky) Wyble of Fenton, MI; and Jenna (Bret) Marr of Okemos, MI. Her step-children Bill (Kathy) Mayer, Margaret (Bob) Zancanella, Elizabeth (David) Mestelle. and Julia Mayer. Joan was loved and adored by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Gerald Saville.

Joan is predeceased by her first husband, F. Merrill Wyble, grandson Zane Gregg and siblings Marietta Moffitt, Harry Huether, Robert Huether, Clyde Huether and Elizabeth Pillar.

Joan’s life will be celebrated in a private service at Deepdale Memorial Gardens presided by Pastor Dave Dressel of Martin Luther Chapel.

Donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association-Michigan Great Lakes Chapter or Heart to Heart Hospice of East Lansing, MI We are grateful to the Bickford Family Members of West Lansing who loved and respected Joan over the years. Special thanks to Joan’s nurses, Kelly and Lindsey from Heart to Heart Hospice

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Dan and Margo Spohn

November 24, 2020

Bob and family, we are sorry for your loss. Margo and I were talking about Joan and how wonderful it was having you both as neighbors as we were raising our young family. We remember Joans wonderful and warm smile and contagious laugh. A wonderful neighbor and lovely person. Joan left an indelible mark on our hearts. With love, Dan and Margo Spohn

Karen Bjornnson

November 22, 2020

We have fond memories of Joan as she was a very special and loving friend--she cared about relationships!
I remember the warm and wonderful gatherings at The Home in Montana City-good food, good times and her infectious smile and exuberance were a true example of Christian love.
The last time we saw both of you was when you came by to visit at our home in Mesa, AZ and how wonderful it was to see you both again..
We send our sincere sympathies in the loss of such a special wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and friend.
May God strengthen and comfort you in this time.
With love and prayers to all of you!
Karen and Roy Bjornson

Sallie Dudas

November 20, 2020

My deepest sympathy to all of my Wyble cousins and their families.

Aunt Joan was a special person, beautiful inside and out. She lit up any room she entered with her smile, grace, and warmth.

Sincerely, Salllie Huether Dudas

Julie Huson

November 18, 2020

A beautiful soul inside and out. Heartfelt condolences to the family. Peace, love and prayers to all.

Esther Freeman

November 18, 2020

I loved the bright smile Mrs. Mayer had, and how she shared it with so many people. I loved that she and her husband traveled all the way to New Zealand to visit Randy and his family. We celebrated time together through EIT Christmas events. I could reminisce with her because we were both familiar with Helena, Montana, (I was originally from Montana); and of course that Randy and I were both recreation therapists and both teaching in the same program at Eastern Institute of Technology.

I remember traveling to the Gannets on a sunny New Year's day with my cousin and her husband. All the Randy Wyble family were there were a with your parents and had brought along a picnic lunch. May you look back on memories so as those and hold them in your personal memory of brightness, of laughter, of joy.

I send my love to all of the family at this time which is difficult no matter the age of a parent, no matter the circumstances. She was loved by all of you and will always be missed. "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer..." Philippians 1:3-4

Patty and Ali Abbasabadi

November 18, 2020

Such a lovely woman. You are all in our thoughts.

Kathy Starr(Wing)

November 18, 2020

Aunt Jo, my God mother who I loved will be missed. Her smile and laughter will always be with me.

Gorsline Runciman

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