Joy R. Aebig passed away at home on Monday, May 17, 2021 on her 87th birthday. Joy was born in Benona Township on May 17, 1934 to Harvey L. Gifford and Lena (Moschke) Gifford.
She graduated from Shelby High School and married Robert Aebig on May 19, 1956. He preceded her in death on March 7, 2004. Mrs. Aebig was a lifelong resident of the Shelby area.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Hart. Joy was employed as a teller at Shelby State Bank for five years before serving the area as an Avon representative for twenty-three years. She enjoyed camping and traveling and loved to make quilts for her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Michael R. (Kathryn) Aebig, Karen L. (Edward) Isley, James L. (Diane) Aebig and Timothy J. (Beth) Aebig; her grandchildren, Thomas (Audrey) Aebig, Molly (Michael) Giddings, Jillian (Hollis) Rockwell III, Bethany (Bill) Sweeney, Robert (Anna) Isley, Hannah Aebig and Ryan Aebig; fourteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband Robert, she was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Orie, Harvey and Norman Gifford and Annabelle Field, Marie Heeg and Mabel Johnson.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, May 19th, 2 pm at Mennonite Cemetery east of Shelby. Please consider the Crystal Valley Care Fund, P.O. Box 451, Hart, MI 49420 as a memorial.
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