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Joy  M. Gilman
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Joy M. Gilman passed away from natural cause in Smyrna, GA, Saturday February 10, 2018, at the age of 92. Mrs. Gilman was a native of Farmersburg, IN born March 27, 1925, to the late Charles E. Sharpe and Lula E. Ingram Sharpe. She graduated from Hymera (IN) High School and completed two years of study at Indiana State University. Mrs. Gilman lived for many years in Shelbyville, KY, before moving to Smyrna five years ago. She is survived by her faithful husband of 72 years, Bruce A. Gilman, 93 of Smyrna, whom she married three weeks after meeting him. She spend the first years of their marriage in San Francisco where she worked at the newspaper, the Examiner. After returning to Indiana, she became a homemaker and mother while also teaching elementary school on a part-time basis. The family moved from Indiana to Arizona in 1962 and then to Wyoming, California, and back to Kentucky, which she considered her second home. She was an outstanding seamstress and cook, having started a very successful fruitcake business, Joy’s Kitchen, at the age of 65. She was actively involved in the 4-H as a youth and as an adult leader, as well as the Homemaker’s Club in Kentucky. Other than her husband, she is survived by two sons and their wives, Tom and Laura Gilman, of Burlingame, CA, and Joe and Susan Gilman, of Smyrna, as well as three granddaughters, Emily Gilman, Natalie Gilman Powell (Shane), and Hannah Gilman, and two great-grandsons. She is preceded by her third son Jack Gilman. A funeral will be held at Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna, GA on Wednesday, February 14 at 1 PM, visitation will be from 11 AM to 1 PM at Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna. An additional service will be held at Shannon’s Funeral Home in Shelbyville, KY, on Friday, February 16 at 11 AM with interment following at Grove Hill Cemetery. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to First Christian Church, Shelbyville, KY, or Sigma Nu Educational Foundation, Box 1869, Lexington, VA.


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Visitation

Wednesday

14

Feb

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Carmichael Funeral Home Smyrna

2950 King Street
Smyrna, GA 30080

Service

Wednesday

14

Feb

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Carmichael Funeral Home Smyrna

2950 King Street
Smyrna, GA 30080

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