Joyce Evelyn Gottschall Carlile passed peacefully from this world on November 5, 2020. We celebrate a life well lived. She was a joy-filled, caring, loving spirit with a radiant smile who touched so many and left the world a better place. Joyce was born on October 8, 1928 in Esmond, IL, to Newton and Charlotte Gottschall, joining her sisters Ruth Kunz and Helen Jones. In 1949, she married Rev. Keith Carlile and shared 51 years of love and adventure before his passing in 2000. She was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church, Bloomington.
As the daughter of Methodist missionaries, she spent her earliest years in Medan, Sumatra. She attended a Chinese kindergarten. By the time she was eight, she had circled the world. Her family returned to Indiana in 1936 where her father served several churches as she was growing up, including Boswell where she met Keith. Joyce attended Indiana University before transferring to Indiana State Teachers College (ISU), where she received dual degrees in Music (voice) and Mathematics.
Joyce and Keith spent five years as missionaries in Hawaii, where three of her four sons were born. They then returned to serve churches in Indiana, moving to Bloomington in 1984 and retiring there in 1990. After retirement, they served a church in Medan, Sumatra, for six months and were directors of a center for US service people in South Korea, near the DMZ, for three years.
Joyce loved spending time with her family. We remember many game nights and long trips singing in the car while traveling across the US. She loved music and sang her way through life, sharing her passion with everyone around her. She was an enthusiastic gardener and believed more strongly in recycling than anyone! She achieved the level of certified Water Safety Instructor and taught swimming in South Bend and Crawfordsville.
Joyce was constantly involved in helping others. She was active in United Methodist Women, the Bloomington Friday Musicale and Junior Music Festival, and was a 71-year member of the music sorority Sigma Alpha Iota. She supported the church’s outreach to those in need and did whatever she could do to help other people and strengthen the community.
We are grateful for the love, care, and friendship of her niece, Karen (Seest) Banks, and the loving care of the staff at Bell Trace.
Joyce is survived by her sons: Don Carlile (Lee Carlile) of Redondo Beach CA, John Carlile (Rae Randall) of Port St Lucie, FL , Roger Carlile (Jeannine Holden) of Chicago, IL, and Paul Carlile (Sue Strang) of Burlington, VT; grandchildren Ken Carlile (Jen Schuyler), Katie O'Donnell (Brian O'Donnell), Peter Carlile, Rita Carlile, and great grandchildren Elliott, Evelyn and Miles.
A memorial service will be held when we are able to safely gather in person.
The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St. in Bloomington is handling arrangements.
Memorial donations can be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) at https://umcmission.org/umcor/ or the humanitarian organization of your choice.
Memories of Joyce and condolences to the family may be shared at www.thefuneralchapel.net