Peaceful 09


October 25, 1934 ~ May 12, 2020 (age 85)


Joyce Louise Gilmore, 85, a resident of Harvard, ID passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Bishop Place in Pullman, WA  where she had resided for the last few years. 

 Joyce was born to George and DeEtte (Jones) McCleerey, October 25, 1934 in David City, Nebraska. She was the eldest of four sisters. The family moved to the Princeton area when Joyce was around 4 years old.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    She married Tom Gilmore on July 22, 1950.  They lived in Princeton before moving to Harvard, where the family home still stands.

Joyce and Tom welcomed four sons and the family enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting while the boys were growing up.  She worked for many years at Minden's Market in Harvard and eventually became the Post Mistress at the Harvard Post Office.  She held that post for over 25 years until her retirement. Joyce was a well known cornerstone in the Harvard community, dedicating herself particularly to the Harvard Ladies Aide in addition to holding the position of Treasurer for the HooDoo Water Sewer District for many years.  She was never one to shy away from offering a helping hand and treated everyone as if they were family.  

She enjoyed travelling over the years.  She also took many solo trips to Louisiana to visit her son, Eddie and his family.  

Joyce will forever be missed by her sons, Eddie, Mike (Laurie), Randy (Shelly), Joe (Merri Jo), 9 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren, three sisters, Jeanne Posey, Joanne Hemmelman, Judy Roberts and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Tom, sister, Janice and daughter in law, Cindy.  A celebration of life is to occur at a later date.  Memorials can be made to the Harvard Ladies Aide or a charity of choice. 

A private family graveside service will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020 at the Mendenhall Cemetery.

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