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Joyce Mundy One of Two OB Nurses Opened Up E.B. Crowe Hospital OB Ward

Special feature written by Bill Raines

LAWRENCE COUNTY - February 2, 2023 - Lawrence County lost another iconic person in that of Joyce Mundy. She was one who you could sit and talk for several hours about the way things were in Lawrence and Martin County.

Joyce Mundy sits and describes how things use to be in Lawrence and Martin County Indiana

Mundy passed away on Sunday January 29, 2023, at her home. Lorna "Joyce" Mundy was born on March 3, 1937 in Martin County, Indiana to Raymond and Christine ( Burton) Mundy.

Her parents were both descendants of early 1800 Indiana Settlers. Mundy being a member of both the Mitchell First Baptist Church and Huron Baptist Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, Huron WTK Club, and the Mitchell Fleur De Lis.

Joyce graduated from Huron High School in 1955, attended Indiana University and graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing as an obstetrical nurse, she worked at Dunn Memorial Hospital for 10 1/2 years before opening the new obstetrical unit at the E.B. Crowe Hospital in 1970. Joyce retired in 1999 to help care for her parents.

She was a member of the America Nurses Association for more than 62 years.

" The OB unit was opened with just two Registered Nurses. I was the night shift nurse," said Mundy in an interview with Mundy at the 50-year celebration at IU Health Bedford Hospital on July 16, 2020.

Joyce Mundy shared her experiences at the 50-year celebration at IU Health Bedford Hospital held in July 2020

" The staff of two nurses went on for about two weeks until we have a day off and hired more RN's,"

" We spent a few weeks training the technicians with the doctors giving the classes. We did quite a bit in the opening weeks, Mundy added.

In her retirement Mundy wrote several features in the Times-Mail newspaper with stories about life around Lawrence and Martin County. Many of her features talking about her family, life around Huron, Indiana, or some of the people she was acquainted with during her childhood or others she met along the way.

Her writing Souvenirs for three newspapers which included the Mitchell Tribune, Mitchell Times, and Bedford Times Mail.

In addition, she wrote seven books in her collection, including a feature of my own grandmother Reba Raines who in her 90s played music for the residents at Mitchell Manor.

My grandmother playing her harmonica with several bluegrass bands in the area. Especially, with Joyce's brother Gordon over the years.

Joyce enjoyed painting, and drawing, and usually had a group to paint and socialize with. She loved music and attended jams to hear local musicians. She learned to whistle as a child from her grandparents and would often whistle along with the tunes.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 am the Huron Baptist Church with Rev. Reggie Clark officiating and burial following in the Clark Cemetery.

You can donate to Lawrence County Patient Services 219 Sycamore Drive, Bedford, IN 47421.

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