Born to Eric and Laura Erickson on June 10, 1941, in Norwich, CT, Joyce graciously left this earth on her terms on August 4, 2014, knowing she would be greeted by loved ones and countless fur faces that she longed to be reunited with. Joyce graduated from Clovis High School in 1959, where she met and married her first husband of 25 years, Michael Malone. As a young girl, Joyce discovered her "true calling", and devoted the rest of her life towards educating people that all creatures big and small deserve to be treated humanly and respected. Her passion never wavered and helped serve as a map of the personal journeys and countless accomplishments she would achieve during her life. In the early 1970's, she served as a Docent for the Fresno Zoo, blazing a trail to be voted the first female President of the Fresno Zoological Society. Although she found great joy in all of her responsibilities at the zoo, she was humbled and honored to share up close and personal time with Shoobitz and the other "big cats" residence at the zoo. Under the watchful eye of Dr. Paul Chaffee, she was introduced in to the to a whole new world of animal welfare and education. Upon Dr. Chafee's request, Joyce welcomed a monumental challenge of rehabilitating a Great Horned Owl which she affectionately named Isis. Rehabilitating Isis was the catalyst for Joyce's challenge. She founded Fresno Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation. During which she rescued and rehabilitated numerous birds of prey, with each rescue that was released back to where God intended them to be, Joyce always said her soul was full of pride and hope. A job well done. Joyce also worked in the Education Department at the SPCA until she retired, so she and her second husband, Harold Bicknell, could enjoy their retirement together. A few years later, she was coaxed out of retirement to act as a consultant for a No Kill Shelter. Once again drawing from her vast experience and knowledge, she was a key player in helping this organization open a low cost spay and neuter clinic. Joyce was also responsible for founding "Pennies for Pets", an auxiliary volunteer group who's main purpose was to create and manage all fund raising events. Pennies for Pets was such a success it continues to thrive years after it creator's departure. She is preceded in death by her first husband of 25 years, Michael Malone; second husband of six years, Harold Bicknell; her brother, Philip Farina; Joyce is survived by her step-sister,Lucille and her husband CC; son, Eric and his wife Charla; her best friend and daughter, Shaley and her husband Mark; handsome grandson, Colton Michael; and beautiful granddaughter Lyric. Joyce's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to so many for their friendship and unwavering support. Among those are Gayle; Pat and Frank; Bill Hedrick; Sarah; Lee; Kara; Gina; Cathy Codde; Ron and Connie Adolph; Our extended family at Abby Pet Hospital; Dr. Karen Hanson-Smith; Jim Fayle; and the pulmonary team at Saint Agnes Medical Center; Wes Burton; Chaplain Michael; Heather; and Martha and Robin, with Hind's Hospice. A Memorial Service will be held at Neptune Society Chapel, 1154 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93711, on August 29, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to, Feral Paws Rescue Group, www.feralpawsresuegroup.org/ , 84 East Olive Avenue, Fresno, Ca 93728; or Lhasa Happy Homes Rescue, www.lhasahappyhomes.org , 1158 26th Street, #190 Santa Monica, CA 90403.
Published in the Fresno Bee on Aug. 24, 2014