Joyce Gill Goldmann
Joyce Gill Goldmann passed away on April 24, 2012 following a valiant battle with kidney cancer. She will be sorely missed as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and a spiritual anchor and witness to her family and many friends around the world. She was truly a blessing to all she touched. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Mildred Gill and her brother, Edward, Jr. She is survived by her husband, Stephen, son Stephen and his wife, Amy Huang, daughter Laura Benedict and her husband Keith, seven beautiful grandchildren (Anna Kate, Lizzie, Charlotte, Tess and Louisa Benedict of Dallas, and Kai and Jet Goldmann of San Francisco), as well as her sister Joan Hadden of Barnard, Vermont.
Born on February 4, 1945 in Abington, PA, she is a graduate of Abington High School and Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA, where she received a B.A. degree in mathematics. After her marriage to Stephen in 1967, they lived in London, England where she worked for I.B.M (UK) while Stephen was in graduate school. Supporting Stephen in his career with ExxonMobil, they later lived in New Jersey, Houston, Dallas, Beijing, and Hong Kong.
Joyce was the embodiment of the fruits of the Spirit—most especially love, joy, peace and faithfulness—reflecting God’s love in words and deeds. A gifted teacher and leader, she was part of the original Community Bible Study (CBS) in Houston in the 1980’s where she was also Director of Christian Education at Ascension Episcopal Church. She was a founder and shared the role of Teaching Director of CBS in Hong Kong in the late 1990s. She devoted many years of service as a director and board chair to the Mission of Yahweh, which gives assistance to homeless women and children in the greater Houston area. Joyce was on the Board and Advisory Board for China Source, a resource and networking organization established to support those who work in and for the church in China. She was active in the choir, prayer ministry and Wednesday study group at Park Cities Presbyterian Church.
A celebration of Joyce’s life was held on Monday, April 30 at Park Cities Presbyterian Church (4124 Oak Lawn), followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. She will be interred at a later date in the columbarium at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Estes Park, CO (her summer church home since 1978). In lieu of flowers, contributions would be welcome in her memory to China Source (P.O. Box 2160, Orange, CA 92859) or the YMCA of the Rockies (2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO 80511).