A private memorial service to honor a remarkable woman, Joyce Ledford Schrimsher, 80, of Sautee Nacoochee, is planned for a later date. Joyce will be interred in the Nacoochee United Methodist Church Cemetery columbarium in Sautee Nacoochee.
Mrs. Schrimsher died peacefully at home in her beloved mountains on Sept. 4, 2012, following a struggle with dementia and cancer.
Born Nov. 4, 1931, in Gainesville, Joyce was the eldest daughter of Ervin Foster Ledford and Helen Summer Ledford, also from Gainesville.
Although much of her childhood was spent in Waycross, Joyce was a frequent visitor in her grandparents’ homes. She was raised as a Methodist and took a great deal of pride in her north Georgia heritage.
At the age of 20, Joyce graduated from the University of Georgia and taught high school English and Home Economics in Valdosta. There she fell in love with and married William F. “Bill” Schrimsher, a fighter pilot stationed at Moody Air Force Base. Life in the Air Force took the couple and their two children, Mike and Gae, to bases on three continents and several states here in America. Her smart, southern charm and quick humor made Joyce the best goodwill ambassador Georgia has ever had. For decades, a small jar of red mountain clay was transported all over the world so she would always have a bit of home with her.
As many military spouses have done, Joyce organized and supervised dozens of household and family moves during Bill’s 30-year Air Force career, each time settling the family into a new community. Throughout this time, she was active in various military auxiliary and women’s clubs, school activities and the American Red Cross. Her love of gardening and the joy she took in beautiful flowers led her to participate in garden clubs wherever the family was stationed.
After retiring from military life, Joyce and Bill lived on St. Simon’s Island for more than a decade. In 1992, they returned to north Georgia, building a home that has been a joy for both family and friends.
Joyce is survived by her husband of 58 years, William F. Schrimsher of Sautee Nacoochee; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Ginger Schrimsher of St. Simon’s Island; daughter and son-in-law, Gae and Ike Stovall of Sautee Nacoochee; sister, Jane Ledford Yantis of Barnesville; grandchildren Jeanna, Michael and William; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
The Schrimsher family would like to express their deep gratitude to extended family members, friends and neighbors for their love and support during this time, and to Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center for their incomparable professionalism, compassion, and guidance over the past weeks.
If desired, memorials may be made to Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, c/o Hospice Director, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 222, Gainesville, GA 30501 or call 770-219-8888.
To send condolences online, go to hillsidememorialchapel.com.
Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
September 14, 2012