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Joyce M. Gow

Joyce Marie Gow, 89 of Two Harbors, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2014 in St. Mary's

Hospital, Duluth, MN. She was born June 14, 1924 to Alta & Fritz Bergstrom. After graduating from

Two Harbors High School in 1942 she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology New York. In

1947 she married Jeffred W. Leighton Jr. and started a family of 3 boys, Jeffred W., John Mikhal and

Daniel Edward. In 1952 Joyce traveled by ship to Japan with her 3 sons where they lived in off base

military housing until 1954 when they returned to Two Harbors. In 1961 she married H. James Gow,

father of Charlotte Ann and Thomas James Gow. In 1964 Tim Michael was born and suddenly they

had a family of 6 children. In 1968 her great love of art and her determination inspired her to take

painting classes in which she thrived. Soon Joyce became the instructor and her career as an artist and

teacher had begun. As her art began to rise in excellence she began to join organizations that included :

Midwest Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, Lake Superior Watercolor Society, Duluth

Art Institute, Ft. Myers Beach Art Association, Artists of Minnesota and the Voyager Art Club. She

also taught many workshops locally and as wide spread as Florida, South Dakota and Idaho.

Joyce was well known as a nurturing mentor with a good sense of humor to many of her students who

soon became her close friends. With them she traveled to foreign countries including China, Ireland

and Italy.

She is survived by her sons Jeffred W. Leighton, John Mikhal and Nancy G. Leighton, Daniel Edward,

Tim Michael. and Ann Kristine Gow, step-daughter Charlotte Janish, 9 grandchildren and 6 great


Memorial to be held February 1, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 601 4th Ave. Two Harbors, MN at 12

PM followed by a reception at 1 PM at the Community Center Building 417 South Ave. Two Harbors,