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September 4, 2017
Joyce was a force in life. Not many people have influenced me and my life as much as Joyce has. When I needed real wisdom, I knew where to go. When I needed a kind word, there she was. When I needed to see some good art or craft work, she knew where to take me! Once when neither of us liked the display at a place downtown, we had a good laugh and good time nonetheless, as always.

Joyce had such a great mind. She was committed to social justice, had generous sensibilities and was very civic-minded. I remember we both took a bus from NJ to Washington to march on the mall. I had always wanted to be more of an activist to defend my beliefs, but most of my friends were just into getting drunk or high, so I was delighted to find a mentor in Joyce. I learned a lot from her, and I loved that we both had the same beliefs.

Joyce and Dad loved beaches, being on the water, and dancing!! When we traveled a bit back in the 1980s and 90s, she always made all the arrangements and the trips went perfectly. I remember a memorable trip we made to Venezuela in... 1987? Joyce had us going on jungle tours, jungle hikes, jungle swims (Canaima Falls), and an air trip to Angel Falls. The Angel Falls trip is still so vivid in my memory. We had breakfast -- I think a cold, small croissant, banana and thimble of coffee -- on an old DC 2-1/2 (really: a DC two and a half!). Unfortunately, fluffy clouds shrouded the falls. We circled around the canyon once or twice and were about to leave, then the falls finally emerged! And so did a tiny Cessna maybe a couple thousand feet off our starboard wing! The passengers in both planes waved at each other, oblivious to how dangerous that could have been.

Every evening that we were traveling, we'd get ready to go to dinner, then look for entertainment. We had so much fun just perusing menus and imagining how they were prepared. We laughed at "Grouper's Wife," wondering if Grouper deboned her. I loved watching Dad and Joyce ballroom dance, so elegant and in sync, always a dip. They would have given Fred and Ginger a run for the money!

Boy, Joyce had spunk. While waiting in line to obtain some excursion tickets when we were in Puerta La Cruz VZ, a couple incredibly rude ladies were pushing into her and talking loudly in French. She took the pushing for a while, then finally turned to them and, to their shock, told them to shove off in French! I respected that!

Joyce was Dad's angel from the time they met. Dad told me much of their story (I adore "how we met" stories), and what an epic love story it was. They went through a lot to be together. People judged them, spurned them and they lost relationships. But those who stayed close know that it was worth it. Oh, was it ever. On one of their wedding days (the one at Steel Gap), I remember Joyce saying that she hoped they'd have at least ten good years together. Well, they had 28 years together but lived those years as if it was fifty. I don't know anyone who traveled as much as they did!

In Dad's failing years, Joyce stayed faithfully and lovingly by his side. I have never known such devotion. It was so heartening to me, living five thousand miles away, to know that Dad was receiving such tender loving care and oversight of other people's care of him. She would bring him his favorite Danish foods and spend hours by his side. She made a festive birthday party for him every year!

So it's easy to see that Joyce was my stepmother, the love of Dad's life, my friend and my second mother. How lucky can a girl get? And she and Dad somehow tied these two complicated families together, which enhanced everyone's life even more. How deeply I feel her loss. I will see her again when my time comes, and I know I will find Joyce and Dad dancing around the universe.
September 2, 2017
Exercise class won't be the same without you, Joyce. You will be missed. I'm glad I got to know you.