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‘Joyce’s birds’ enjoy new roost as part of tribute from friends

Joyce Bowles was a very personable and loving lovely lady, well-known, respected and loved by a lot of longtime local area residents.

I was a longtime, close friend of Joyce and her husband, Alan, a retired and outstanding veterinarian, and was privileged to be one of 45 loyal friends and relatives who paid tribute to Joyce at a potluck get-together in Gregory Park, near the Ford garage in West Glenwood, at noon on May 15.

This celebration of the recently ended life of this wonderful and caring lady was organized by the group of some of her closest lady friends, who call themselves the “Wednesday Wanderers.” Together, they have been having many years of extremely enjoyable outdoor activity trips, such as hiking in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

This tribute to Joyce’s memory was highlighted by two Canadian cherry trees that were recently transplanted to Gregory Park in her honor.

Two small birdhouses, with “Joyce’s Birds” painted on the side of each one, were placed in the trees by Laurel Williams and Ginny Morris.

A short, commemorative hand-holding circle service was held at these two trees to dedicate them in her memory.

Then the delicious potluck luncheon was enjoyed by all, and topped off with a very delightful, yummy batch of homemade ice cream, provided by Alan Bowles and family. That concluded this celebration of the fine, outstandingly enjoyed life of Joyce Bowles by all the loyal friends and family.

We felt privileged to honor her sociable and loving memory on this beautiful spring day at a beautiful site less than a quarter mile from her family’s home in West Glenwood.

We shall all miss her a lot. God bless her loving soul.

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