Joyce L. Herbst was taken to heaven on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, peacefully at her home in Chloride. She was born in Marksville, Minn., June 1, 1931. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Herman Raschke.
They raised their five children and owned and operated Herman's Auto Repair for many years.
Joyce attended the Calvary Bible Church and organized the 4-H Club in Lucerne Valley, Calif.
Joyce moved to Chloride in 1981 and immersed herself in helping to preserve the history of Chloride for future generations.
She started the Silver Belles' Melodramas shows in Shep's. She designed and helped build the Silver Belle Playhouse, which now belongs to the historical society. The Silver Belles were mostly local people volunteering their time singing, dancing and telling stories about the wild West while dressed in 1800s period costumes. Joyce led the performers as lead singer. The Silver Belles performed every Saturday in Chloride for many years. They frequently took the show on the road, including visits to the VA hospital in Prescott. They appeared on Good Morning America, the David Letterman Show, in the Arizona Highways Magazine, plus many other venues.
She brought life back into Chloride, organizing many special events, including the Christmas Lighting Contest, that she always donated prize money to. Joyce was also very instrumental in the Chloride Historical Society for many years
Joyce and Dick Herbst restored several historic buildings and built two Spanish style homes in Chloride. She was a woman of many talents. She loved to sew, oil paint, sing, played many instruments and designed 1800s style outfits that were used by the Silver Belle performers. Most of all, Joyce was a hardworking, loving, giving, caring lady full of wisdom. Joyce donated her body to science, giving her all. She will be deeply missed by her family and many friends. Graveside services in Chloride will be attended by close family only.
Joyce is survived by her second husband, Richard Herbst; her daughters, Vicki Charron, Judy Sharples and Sharron Gittings; her sons, Jimmy and Danny Raschke; and step-sons, Ben and Mike Herbst; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her brothers and sisters, Jean, Carol, Tim, Steve, Mike and Larry.