Joyce Eikenbary


Joyce Carol Eikenbary passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 10, 2016, after 86 years of life.

Born Feb. 10, 1930, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she relocated in her teenage years to Indianapolis where she graduated from Howe High School and went on to study art at DePauw University.

She married William N. “Bill” Eikenbary Dec. 30, 1950, and they eventually made their home in Columbus, Indiana, where they co-owned the “Music Box” store for 25 years.

Joyce had a lifelong interest in artistic and creative endeavors. As an avid gardener and a member of the local garden club Wildflowers, formerly known as Leaf and Bud, she was skilled in floral arrangement and enjoyed working several years in the Marsh floral department.

She also worked as a security officer at Cummins Corporate Office Building. She received a special Certificate of Appreciation for her dependability and teamwork while continuing to work during the flood of 2008, even though her own home was destroyed by floodwaters.

Joyce had been a member of First United Methodist Church since becoming a Columbus resident in the 1950s, and belonged to the church’s Priscilla Circle women’s group.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her brother, Bruce Noll; and her parents, Florence and Maynard Noll.

She is survived by her three children, Robert (Deborah) Eikenbary of Hope, Jill Eikenbary of Indianapolis and Richard Eikenbary of Columbus; four grandchildren, Rebecca of Indianapolis, Steven (Jaime Boas) of Houston, Texas, William of Fishers and Benjamin of Columbus.

The funeral service for Joyce will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street, with the Rev. Howard Boles officiating. Burial will follow at Garland Brook Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the funeral Thursday.

Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church or to the donor’s choice of charities.

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