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Joy K. McCabe

Joy K. McCabe

September 24, 1938 - June 15, 2018     Age: 79

Joy Kimble McCabe passed away peacefully on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Community Hospice on Amelia Island. She was born September 24, 1938 to Alice and Joe Kimble.  She grew up in Mt. Holly, NJ with her parents and brother, Jerry, who is five years, her junior. She was a cheerleader throughout high school. Her family went to Sacred Heart Catholic Church every Sunday, where her father was an usher and where Joy was honored in the Court of the May Queen, being crowned May Queen as a junior in high school.

Joy went on to graduate from Cabrini College in Radner, PA. She took a job with the Girl Scouts of America, where she was responsible for hiring and training volunteers. She had been a Girl Scout in her Youth.

During her employment with the Girl Scouts, Joy met Bernard “Bernie” McCabe at the Bayview on Long Beach Island. There, they enjoyed a tradition of watching the sun go down, even standing on chairs to catch the last rays as the sun set beyond the horizon. After several years of dating, Joy and Bernie were married at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Moorestown, NJ on April 15, 1968. In 1972, they bought their first house in Riverton, NJ, having saved enough to pay half the total cost.

In the early 1970’s, Joy began a career at RCA in Camden, NJ, working in Human Resources at the Aerospace Center. While the names and corporate logos on her business cards changed throughout the years with mergers and buyouts, Joy continued in Human Resources for General Electric, Lockheed Martin and Martin Marietta.

Joy’s loyalty to her work persisted not only through the changes of company names but also through the changes in location. When Joy was transferred to Bethesda, MD in the early 1990’s, she went. Joy insisted she be allowed to travel from New Jersey because of her caring for her aging mother. She would board the train on Mondays and return on Fridays.

Joy often gravitated to the beach over her lifetime. Beginning in the 1960’s, she would spend any available time at Long Beach Island, a tradition she and Bernie continued over the course of their marriage. They even bought a house on Long Beach Island in 1980. When Joy retired in 1997, she and Bernie built a house and moved permanently to Amelia Island, FL.

For over 20 years they enjoyed living on Amelia Island and became part of that community. Joy used her wealth of corporate experience to help out on several boards. Her work on the Hospital Auxiliary Board, with the Amelia Island Museum of History, and with Micah’s Place was something she felt strongly about. She felt deeply the work was important and hoped her efforts honored their individual causes.

After battling breast cancer successfully in 1997, Joy was affected again in 2010 but more severely. She kept up a noble and determined fight against the cancer for eight long years.

Joy is survived by her husband of 50 years, Bernie; her brother, Jerry Kimble and wife, Bunny; her niece and nephew, Shell and Jeremy; a sister in law, Joan Rossler and many extended family members and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Golf Club of Amelia Island.

8 Condolences

  • Una McMahon Posted June 19, 2018 6:59 am

    Joy you were always a beautiful lady and I will never forget your smile

  • Phyllis Davis Posted June 19, 2018 10:33 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Her battle may be over but her memory will live on.

  • Tom Oden Posted June 20, 2018 4:57 pm

    Joy possessed the most vibrant smile and cheerful attitude. we always enjoyed chatting with Bernie and Joy at Baxter’s, one of their favorite hangouts. Bernie, please accept our understanding and heartfelt sympathy at this difficult time.

  • Linda and Bernard McDonnell Posted June 22, 2018 7:32 am

    Sincere sympathy.

  • Arthur and Helen Paige Posted June 22, 2018 11:31 am

    As neighbors of Bernie and Joy we join others with sadness at this time . Having admired their courage as a couple, also feel Bernie’s loss of his lovely wife and partner.

  • Susan K Nelson Posted June 23, 2018 5:46 pm

    Joy you will be missed by all those who were lucky enough to have known you. We send our condolences to Bernie and the rest of the loved ones you have left behind.
    God bless,
    Cathy Schultz and the staff here at The Book Loft

  • Mike and susan raab. Posted July 20, 2018 6:52 pm

    Happy memories of many dinners with Joy and Bernie at Baxters over years. Much love and condolences to Bernie and family.

  • Kathy Bland Posted July 21, 2018 7:13 pm

    Bernie–Sam told me about the memorial today, I am sorry I could not attend. I keep in touch about you through Sam and think of you….I know you miss your Joy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Kathy Bland

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