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Joyce Ann Cole (Givens)

October 12, 2018
North Fort Myers Neighbor

Joyce Ann Cole (Givens) of Appleton, Wisconsin, went home to be with the Lord and her loving husband, on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Joyce was born in Roanoke, Virginia, where she met her husband Louis Cole. They were married in Rockingham County North Carolina, shortly thereafter Louis joined the US Navy, while stationed at Naval Station Great Lakes, located in North Chicago, Illinois. Joyce found her career working at Abbott Labs. She was a true pioneer in the advancement of women in business, becoming an engineer and making her way in a man's world. She worked hard and became one of the top female executives, an achievement that she was very proud of.

After retirement from Abbott, Joyce and Louis relocated back to Roanoke, Virginia, where they resided for many years before moving to N. Ft. Myers, Florida where the climate suited their lifestyle better. Joyce loved to travel, spend time with friends, play golf, and lounge by the pool. Joyce loved to shop and was always dressed to impress.

Joyce is survived by her children: Cindy Whitecotton, Terri Hill (Glen), Vicky Cole (Ken), Katie Davis (Larry), Butch Cole (Julie); grandchildren: David Hill, Danielle Schmitz (Nick), Rebecca Pearson (Drew), Brandon Cole (Elena), Larissa Joma (Julio), and Jessica Hassan (Craig). Joyce was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years Louis Cole, her parents Alva Givens and Muriel Walker; her brothers Bill and Charles Givens, grandson Lance James, and son-in-law Frank Whitecotton.

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Joyce will be greatly missed by all those who had the privilege to know her, "I know", many loving memories will remain forever. A celebration of Joyce's life will be held at a later date, and another notice will appear at that time. Joyce's ashes will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery, next to her loving husband. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established for the American Cancer Society. For more information or to share a memory of Joyce, please visit



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