STRAUGHN- Joyce Anne Gaddis, 72, passed away early Sunday morning July 7, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis after a brief illness. A daughter of the late Neil and Mildred Lois (Johnson) Gaddis, Joyce was born in New Castle, Indiana on February 16, 1947. She had a lifelong passion for sports and as a youth, played pitcher in the New Castle Boys Little League program. Joyce was a graduate and valedictorian of the 1965 class at Chrysler High School in New Castle. She received Bachelor and Master degrees from Ball State University where she also played basketball and tennis. Joyce taught business classes and coached the tennis team at Pendleton Heights High School. She retired in 2003 after 34 years of service. Joyce maintained a love for tennis throughout her life and had been playing one week prior to her death. She participated in the Indiana Amateur Tennis League and had the #1 ranking for several years. She was inducted in 1997 to the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She was also an avid traveler and had visited all fifty states.
Survivors include 2 brothers, Terry Gaddis of Straughn and Doug (wife, Barb) Gaddis of Centerville; 5 nieces and nephews, Brandon, Trenton and Justin Gaddis, Julie Freeman and Rachel Mullen; several great nieces and nephews.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and sister in-law, Jean (Schroeder) Gaddis.
Following cremation, a Memorial Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday July 12, 2019 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Lewisville Chapel.
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