Joyce Caulfield died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 83 years on May 21, 2013, at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, California, following a brief illness. |
A proud native of the Midwest, Joyce was born in Portsmouth, Iowa, on August 5, 1929, to Dr. James P. and Alice G. McGowan. Shortly following the outbreak of WWII in the Pacific, the McGowan family moved to La Jolla, California, to allow her father to re-enlist in the Navy and serve as a ship's doctor in the Pacific Theater.
Joyce attended high school at the Bishop's School in La Jolla and graduated in 1947. She attended Northwestern University and San Diego State College. She was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. She interrupted her education to start her family but returned to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Diego State University at the age of 51 in 1980.
Joyce worked for the San Diego Union-Tribune for thirteen years in the accounting department. While working there she also became a freelance journalist and contributed numerous human interest articles and interviews that were published in the Copley Press newspapers. She was a lifelong, passionate reader and writer and continued writing into her 80's. She was a compassionate and caring human being. Her quick wit, lovely smile and twinkle in her eye will be missed by all whose lives she touched.
She is survived by her three children, Catherine Witney, John Caulfield and Charles Caulfield and their families; including four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother, James McGowan Jr. of La Jolla. She is predeceased by her sister, Monica DuPuis.
A mass in her name will be held at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church in La Jolla on August 5, 2013.
Her family requests that any donations in her memory be contributed to the
Published in La Jolla Light on June 13, 2013