Joyce A. Holm(1918 - 2013)

JOYCE E. HOLM 1918-2013 Long time Orland resident Joyce HoIm passed peacefully from this world on December 13, 2013 to be with her Lord. A celebration of her life will be held at the First Lutheran Church, 19 Colusa Street, Orland, on January 4th at 11:00 am. Reception to follow. She was ninety-five years old at the time of her passing. She was born August 8, 1918 to Lee and Fern Porter in Everett, Washington. She is preceded in death by her parents; Lee arid Fern Porter, her sisters Marie (William) Wilkinson and Margaret (Clifford) Baer, and the love of her life, Karl E. HoIm. She is survived by her son Karl L. Holm; her daughters Kristine HoIm-Shanley (Robert) and Joyce (Jody) (Kennon) McClintock. She had 4 grandchildren Robin (William) Byrne, Tyler (Jaqi) Shanley, Caitlin (William) Getchell and Molly (Owen) Retzlaff. She was also blessed with 2 great grand daughters, Clair and Lily Byrne. When she was young circumstances moved her family several times before they landed in San Diego where Joyce graduated from high school in 1936. She then attended business college and waited tables to help put herself through school. When WWII started she worked for the Navy and ended up training Waves in office routine. Joyce met her future husband Karl Emil Holm at a Holmberg family gathering in 1942. Three years later she married him on November 11, 1945. He was a Navy man and again Joyce found herself moving many times but during the moves they found time to have 3 children. In 1954 Karl retired from the Navy after 20 years of service. They were tired of moving and wanted to settle in one spot which they did when they found the 40 acre farm in Orland. The farm was a special place to them as it continues to be for their children. In 1958 Karl developed leukemia and died shortly after diagnosis. Joyce went back to school in 1959 and earned a teaching degree. After her family, teaching was her second love. She taught school for 20 years at Mill Street School in Orland. After retiring she continued to run the farm/orchard but this only took part of her time. When she wasn't working in the orchard she traveled to as many places in the world as she could, volunteered to what she wanted, and contributed to her beloved clubs. She was a member of California Retired Teachers, the Friendly Garden Club, Friends of the Orland Library and the Orland Food Pantry. From her varied childhood experiences she understood the need of a helping hand and was only too happy to volunteer. As she grew older she slowed down and found she had less energy for her volunteer activities, she would make appearances from time to time but handed the torch to others. She continued to guide her family and direct the farm work from her kitchen table until a week before she died. Joyce was one great lady, the family beacon, and the example we all tried to follow.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Dec. 31, 2013