My sincere condolences to Jerry and Bev for the loss of their little sister Joyce. We al grew up together in Alameda, CA and were a part of each others lives for a short time until we parted ways in the Mid 60's My memory of Joyce was that of a bouncing little girl who as a little sister, did what little sisters did. She was so much younger she was cute and we put up with her. My God continue to hold this family near and may His peace comfort them at this time.
Herb VanderBilt- Lowell, MI
My condolences to all of Joyce's friends and especially to my cousins Bev and Gerald. I know how hard it is to lose a sister. May Joyce rest in peace; know that she no longer suffers and is in a much better place.
So glad I got to know Joyce during my two years at Fairhaven College. What a blessing. My condolences to her family and loved ones.
Joyce was my coworker for 3 years at Western. She made working there a joyful place. I remember how often I would come in early and just chat with her. It was easy to talk to her about everything in my life because she was so open with hers. You could see how much she cared about other people. I wish we could've shared another gin and tonic. Rest In Peace, Joyce.
Joyce was my friend. For two years, I lived in Fairhaven and would come sit next to her in the POD store and talk about everything. We’d make fun of goofy freshman together, tell juicy secrets, and complain about stupid stuff.
In a world where it sometimes feels like everyone is walking on eggshells, Joyce’s unfiltered, forward nature made her such a gem that was treasured by the WWU community. She reminded everyone the value of someone who calls it like it is.
Anyone who got to know Joyce knew she had a heart of gold and more compassion than she’d ever admit. She gave me more confidence in what I wanted to do in life than she knew. In her own way, she always told me I could reach beyond my goals.
I wish I got to say goodbye. Joyce will be missed.
I talked to Joyce almost every day when I lived in the Fairhaven dormatorys. She had a good sense of humor and would always show me her doodling. I though she was rather artistic. She was a positive cuantity in my early adult live, even though we were practcially strangers.
I lived in Fairhaven for one year and studied there for three more, and saw Joyce regularly at the store. Seeing her was always a bright spot of my day. Once I went in with a stomach flu to find provisions and she gave me helpful suggestions to alleviate my pain. I will always remember her as an important part of my time at Western and Fairhaven.
Joyce you were the best! Your sassy ways always lifted my spirits. I loved going to the Fairhaven market when you were there and talking to you. I'm going to miss seeing you there. I remember one time when I wasn't having a good day, I looked like a drowning cat and I got a tub of ice cream, candy and chips. You looked at me and said," well it looks like you're struggling there!" And I remember laughing and smiling because it was your own way of saying hang in there and I loved it. Every time I'm truggling I think of that time and I push on through. Myself along with every WWU student who had the honor of getting to know you will miss you greatly Joyce but it was an honor to have met.
My thoughts are with your family today. I was a student at Fairhaven and often stopped in and chatted with Joyce when she was working. She was sharp, witty, and sweet. I'm sorry to hear of her passing, she will be missed.
My Facebook post today: Please don't doubt that you make a difference in many people's lives. Please, think about telling people if they make a difference in yours. I'm glad I did. For 7 years Joyce made me smile while swiping my card at Fairhaven Dining Hall, even when I could hardly drag myself out of bed, even when I was stressed out about a test, or going through a break up. Every spring Joyce sat at home and watched WWU graduation on TV clapping for the students she knew. I started doing it as soon as I started working in the AS. She loved her students, just as I love the ones I am lucky to know. I tried to get over to Fairhaven to visit, and she always remembered me, even as time got further away from when I lived there. Joyce, thank you for all you gave to Western and to me. I'll miss your Joy.
I am so sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. My thoughts are with her family and friends.