Joy Lane Death, Obituary – We must break the news to you all with deep sorrow that Joy Lane has passed away (nee Ward).
In the many years that she volunteered at the museum, Joy served in a variety of capacities, including those of president, secretary, and treasurer. We are grateful to Joy for the contribution that she has made to the Nambucca valley through her interest in history.
Golden Oldies Cuppa & Chat, our regular monthly get-together, was Joy’s brainchild, and we have every intention of carrying it on in her memory so that we can preserve the history of the valley that she cared about so deeply. Ms. Lane was born on September 14, 1931 in the town of Brinson, Georgia, to parents named Clay T. Lane and Lila Russell Lane.
She received her diplomas from Brinson School, St. Margaret’s Hospital School of Nursing, and Air Force School of Aviation Medicine, among other institutions (Flight Nurse Course). Ms. Lane was a nurse in the United States Air Force from September 15, 1957 through June 9, 1976, and she served her country during that time. In 1989, she came to Seminole County after retiring from the military with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Ms. Lane was a prominent figure in the Society of Air Force Nurses, Inc., where she held the position of President from 1997 to 2001. During her time in the Air Force, she was also honored with two commendation medals; the first of which she was awarded on October 14, 1969, and the second on March 6, 1972. Ms. Lane was a prominent figure in the Seminole County Garden Club, where she held the position of President for many years.
She is survived by a sister, Merle Lane Davis of Blakely, Georgia, as well as a large number of nieces and nephews who will appreciate the memories of their aunt. Ms. Lane was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Clay Lane, and her mother, Lila Russell Lane; three brothers, James D. “Billy” Lane, Dave B. Lane, and Thomas Clay Lane, Jr.; and two sisters, Marijane Lane Spooner and Laura Lane Pearce. Ms. Lane passed away in the same year as her parents.
Joy, May You Rest in Peace