Mrs. Joyce E. Spring, 81, of North Henderson died at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, surrounded by family.
She was born Jan. 27, 1936, in Schuyler County, the daughter of Harold and Beulah (Pickinpaugh) Caldwell. She married Sam Spring on Aug. 8, 1952, in Palmyra, Mo. Sam preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 2009.
Surviving are two sons, Chris (and Lynne) Spring, of Oneida, and Junior (and Dee) Spring, of Rockford; three daughters, Pam (and Stuart) Bjorgan, of Detroit Lakes, Minn., Sally (and Wade) Ankesheiln, of Lexington, Ill., and Michele (and Brett) Jones, of Tampico; 15 grandchildren, CJ (and Marcy) Spring, Richie Spring, Marcy (and Ben) Strand, Ryne Sage (and Bethany Jackson), Bryn (and Jolene) Sage, Haley Sage (and Matt Lewis), Katie Spring, Tim Bjorgan (and Bri Soine), Kim (and Wayne) Walk, Cody Logsdon, Emily Ankesheiln, Steph Retherford, Dustin Retherford, Samantha (and Bryan) White, and Nick Spring (and Kira Jensen); and 18 great-grandchildren (#19 expected in April); sisters-in-law, Helen Koestner and Dorothy Caldwell of Macomb, Pat (and Dick) Turner, Oneida and Marcella Peacock, Chicago; brothers-in-law, Bud (and Joyce) Spring, Industry and Ron (and Mary) Spring, Galesburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; son, Randy Spring; infant son, Byron; grandson, Robbie Logsdon; brothers, Lewis, Ernest, Merle, and Bradford; and sisters, Alleyne Bartlow and Carol Jean Rowland.
She worked at Protexall, Galesburg Research Hospital, and Zeller Mental Health Center, retiring in 2001.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and “other mother” to her kids’ friends. She loved her gardens and being outdoors tending them. In season, there was always fresh fruit or vegetables ready for sharing. She spent endless hours canning and freezing.  She also enjoyed going to and watching movies. She loved having all of her family around for big dinners, especially at Christmas.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at the chapel with Rev. Terry Lancaster officiating. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.