Joyce Romeyn Gross, 88, passed away on December 24, 2012. Born to Florence and Edward Richardson, August 8, 1924, in Alameda, CA, she was the youngest of three children. Joyce lived and attended school in Alameda and completed her education with a degree in American History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1944 where she was the first woman manager of the Daily Cal Newspaper. Joyce married Edmond Gross In 1947. And in 1956 moved the family to Mill Valley where they lived until Edmond's passing in 1988. She then moved to Petaluma to be closer to her grandchildren. In 2008, she moved back to Marin County. Joyce was passionate about many things. She was active politically, served on the school board in Mill Valley and created the unique clothing shop, Valerie Ann's in the 1960's. In 1969, Joyce bought an old quilt, and thus sparked the central passion of her life - collecting, researching and making quilts. Over the following decades, Joyce created one of the preeminent historic quilt collections in the world. It is now housed at the Briscoe Center for American History in Austin, Texas along with the extensive research and ephemera related to the collection. In honor of her contribution to quilt history, she was inducted into the Quilter's Hall of Fame. Joyce will be remembered for her enthusiasm for life and her feisty nature. She was an outspoken proponent for Democratic causes, which most recently included her unwavering support of President Obama. Joyce is survived by her children Vicki Chase, Rob Gross and Valerie Joyner. She is also survived by her grandchildren and great grandson and her beloved dog Penny. There will be a celebration of Joyce's life at the Embassy Suites, San Rafael on Sunday, January 27 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Joyce requested memorial contributions be made to maintain her quilt collection. Contributions can be made to: "The University of Texas at Austin - Joyce Gross Fund" ATT: Ramona Kelly Briscoe Center for American History 2300 Red River Street, Stop D1100 SRH, Unit 2, Ste. 2.109, Austin, TX 78712-1426
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2013