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Joyce L. Springmier, 83, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017. She was born June 10, 1933, in Decatur County, the daughter of Ira Lynn and Velma Madeline (McClung) Thurston.
Joyce was a 1951 graduate of Greensburg High School and a 1954 graduate of St. Vincent School of Nursing.
On March 23, 1959, she married Paul Fredrick Springmier.
Joyce proudly served her country for 32 years in the United States Army as an operating room nurse. During her Army career, she was stationed at Ft. Sam in Texas, Ft. Lewis in Washington, 121 EVAC in Korea, Ft. Monmouth in New Jersey, Ft. Dix in New Jersey, Ft. Bragg in North Carolina, Ft. Wainwright in Alaska, Ft. Riley in Kansas, Ft. Bliss in Texas, LARMC in Germany, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland. As a reserve she was stationed at Ft. Riley in Kansas, Ft. Harrison in Indiana, Camp McCoy in Wisconsin, and Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Colorado.
Joyce retired as a Colonel and served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. She was awarded the Army Commendation Medal 1971, First Oak Leaf Cluster 1974, Second Oak Leaf Cluster 1983, the Meritorious Service Medal 1977, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
She was a member of St. Paul First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), St. Vincent's Alumnae, Retired Officers Association, Association of the U.S. Army, and the American Legion Post 129.
Survivors include her niece, Melanie (Tom) Minning; nephew, Scott Smith; great-nieces, Melana Minning, Meredith Minning; great-nephews, Trenton Minning and Tom Minning.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Marcie Ann Smith.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Graveside services with full military honors will follow at South Park Cemetery at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul First Christian Church or to the donor's choice. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.
Published on April 17, 2017
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