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Joyce White Sandberg

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Joyce White Sandberg was unstoppable. She was fiercely loyal to her family and friends. She was a skilled carpenter who also loved to paint. She enjoyed dancing and was a talented decorator who could turn any ordinary home into a work of art. She loved the water, and usually had a swimming pool wherever she lived.

In her younger days, she enjoyed going on ski trips and the movies with her friends in Utah. Later in life, she enjoyed deer hunting and camping in the mountains. She was involved in her children’s activities, attending many ball games and dance recitals. Her family bowled together and spent Sundays going to a movie or taking a drive in the country.

After retiring from civil service at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, she did not quit working. She went on to work as a realtor in Tipp City, Ohio, for a few years and at a hair salon in New Carlisle, as a receptionist. The salon is where she met her late husband, Lyle Sandberg. After they married, they went on many trips to the East Coast, the Gulf Shores of Florida and Europe.

She loved everything there is to love about the beach. Her favorite pastime was gardening. She was awarded Gardener of the Year in Tipp City, Ohio. She enjoyed driving and occasionally drove all the way to Naples and St. Pete Beach, alone, to visit her friends Pat and Phyllis and her eldest daughter, Jodie. She resided with her youngest daughter, Jeri Layer, and her family. She enjoyed the occasional breakfast with her son, Jimmy, and his wife, Patty, in Centerville.

Joyce loved Christmas, and Christmas Eve was always celebrated at her home. She would often invite strangers, who had nowhere to go or no family to celebrate the holidays with, over on Christmas Eve. She made cookies for neighborhood children. That is the kind of woman she was.

Joyce was born in Ogden, Utah, on April 29, 1934, and died at home in Waynesville at the age of 89, Dec. 12, 2023. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle Sandberg; her parents, Arthur and Cleo Shively; and her great-granddaughter Brooke. She is survived by her children, Jimmy White (Patty), Jodie White and Jeri Layer (Jim); and stepsons, Jay, Jud and Jan Sandberg (Annabelle). Grandchildren include Jessica Cushwa, Casey Layer (Amanda), Tim Meyers, Becky Amato (Mike), Justin Sandberg (Vanessa), Adam Sandberg (Lisa) and Josh Sandberg (Robyn). Great-grandchildren include Braxton Maiolo Layer, Sydney Layer, Penelope Layer, Jarron, Weston, Beau and Isabella Sandberg; and Colin and Ava Amato.

A celebration of life was hosted by the family Thursday, Dec. 21, at Soraya Farms Clubhouse in Centerville.


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