Joyce Eileen Gant
Joyce Eileen Gant, 83, passed away on Nov. 13, 2012, at Paradise Valley Hospital in Phoenix, following a short illness.
Mrs. Gant was born in Decatur, Ill., the second child of Herbert and Blanche Antrim. Growing up during the Great Depression of the 1930s molded her into a strong, but loving and caring young woman.
She and Travis Gant, her husband of 32 years, were married in Tucson in 1950. Mr. Gant’s civil engineering career led the family from several towns in Arizona, to the Ford Proving Ground in Romeo, Mich., and back to Arizona where they settled in Globe in 1962. There Mrs. Gant raised her two children, assisted her husband in his engineering business, and was a well-known and loved member of the Globe community, including the First Presbyterian Church of Globe and the Order of Eastern Star.
After losing her husband to cancer in 1982, Mrs. Gant pursued a career with Columbia Artists Management in 1984 as a regional representative for the Community Concerts organization, for whom she had previously served as a volunteer in Globe. She was able to fulfill her lifelong love of music and the arts, while traveling extensively throughout the western U.S. and to New York City to preview musical performances.
She enjoyed serving the Tonto Community Concerts Association in Payson from 1985 until 1994. She moved to Phoenix in 1990 and retired in 1998.
Through her business trips to the East Coast, Mrs. Gant became reacquainted with Dale Minor, cousin of her late husband, and a strong bond formed. Mr. Minor was her loving and devoted life partner for 20 years, having moved west to join her in Phoenix in 2004.
Mrs. Gant was preceded in death by her parents, husband and older brother, Herb. She is survived by partner, Dale Minor; daughter, Leslie Irvine and her husband Jack; son, Jonathan and his wife Candace; honorary daughter, Paula Cunningham; two younger siblings, David Antrim and Susan Tinsman and their families; grandchildren, Paula Scott, Heather Crow, Derek and Elizabeth Nixon; and great-granddaughter, Kylee Kepler.
Mrs. Gant was loved by friends and family and her outgoing, gracious and positive outlook will be missed by all, writes her family.
A memorial service will be held at the Chapel at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1.
Donations may be made in Mrs. Gant’s name to the music ministry at First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Hill St., Globe, AZ 85501 or Pinnacle Presbyterian Church of Scottsdale, AZ 85255.