In Loving Memory
Joyce Lynn Mitchell
Joy was born in Long Beach, California on July 31, l940 to be a teacher. She "moved on to her next adventure" on September 9, 2020. She is and will be missed by former students, teachers, family and friends.
Alum Rock School District was her teaching home for 36 years. During that time she taught P.E. science, math cooking and adapted P.E. She loved children so much that her weekends were spent giving inner city students outdoor experiences such as hiking, camping, river rafting and skiing. One of her students wrote, "Because of her I had adventures beyond my wildest dreams, things I had only read about in books."
After she retired, Joy volunteered at the Humane Society Silicon Valley teaching children the love and care of animals. And she volunteered in classrooms sharing "cup stacking" with special education children.
Joy's second love was cooking. She could make a delicious meal using the items in an almost empty refrigerator. There were many parties and barbecues where her friends gloated over her delicious gourmet meals. When she traveled the U.S. by car or R.V., Joy was known to "take the whole kitchen." Preparing for trips to Africa, Australia, China, and Costa Rica was exciting for this native Californian.
Joy is survived by her sister Jo Mitchell Daniels, her nephew Todd Mitchell, and her partner Jeanne Deemer. Donations can be made to Humane Society Silicon Valley. View the online memorial for Joyce Lynn Mitchell