Joycelyn Ann Proust

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Joycelyn Ann Proust

Born Joycelyn Ann Aylor in Denver on February 19, 1928, she passed away on August 4, 2012 in Southern California. The daughter of Merry and Alice Morgan Aylor, she was the third of four children. Growing up in the Depression, she knew hardship from the beginning of her life. Because her mother developed Parkinson's and her father was away finding work she was raised by her grandmother Wilhelmina, whom she referred to as "Momma." She lost her brother, William "Butch" to pneumonia when he was only two; and lost her brother, Meredith as a casualty of war while flying with the 17th Anti-Sub Squadron of the Army Air Corps during WWII. She learned from these experiences patience and grace, and how to be very careful with money saving for simple things that mattered to her. Joy attended Skinner Jr. High and North Denver High, graduating in 1946. During her growing years she and her sister Charlene took music lessons in spite of tight money resources and both became very accomplished pianists. She then attended University of Denver where she majored in French with a minor in Latin. After college she moved to New York City to live with an aunt and uncle and worked in the New York Public Library, saving to study in France. As part of her post-graduate work she studied at l'Universite Paris-Sorbonne, and while there was able to take the first of many trips through Europe visiting Switzerland, Austria and Italy, bringing back many stories from those experiences. She returned to DU, where she earned her masters in library science. At DU she met George Proust with whom she had two children, Gabrielle and Bertrand. She enjoyed working several years at the Colorado School of Mines before accepting a position as librarian at Long Beach City College where she worked for more than thirty years. During her tenure there she attained the title of Professor. Joy was the circulation librarian until 1983, then audiovisual/media cataloging librarian until 1992 and also worked as a reference librarian for her entire tenure. She selected most of the music related print and non-print collections for the library and served on the Curriculum Committee and on various other college committees over the years. Her career also included library representative to the LBCC Foundation, a member of the Academic Senate, officer positions for the California Teachers Association, American Library Association, and the California Library Association. She retired from LBCC in December, 1992. She and George spent many summers traveling throughout Europe, the US and Canada. Any place with a good museum or good restaurants was their favorite destination. At home they enjoyed dinner with friends, symphony concerts, operas, plays and of course reading books. After George passed away and later during her retirement, she continued to enjoy these events and activities with her children and many of her friends. She also began working on the Aylor family genealogy, proud of her ancestors who came to the Germanna Colonies in Virginia in 1717, and was actively working on the Morgan family on her mother's side. She traveled to Nova Scotia, Louisiana, France and Germany as part of her research. Other travels included a trip to China with a drive through the Gobi desert, a trip to South America visiting the Patagonia region of Argentina and Chile. Her goal of traveling to Egypt was realized just a few years ago, boating up the Nile, seeing the Valley of the Kings, and finding the people exceptionally nice. She is predeceased by her husband, George Edward Proust; and her two brothers and sister. She is survived by her two children, Gabrielle and Bertrand; and she so appreciated her stepson and spouse Geoff Proust and Barbara Cine, stepdaughter and spouse April and Bob Mattox, stepdaughters Rosemary and Ronwen. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, September 29 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, 5450 Atherton Street. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com /obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Sept. 23, 2012
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