Joyce Lynn Mitchell
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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.


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Oct. 11, 2020.
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October 17, 2020
Joy embodied her name. Always helpful and cheerful, she was a fantastic teacher. She made every child feel included and every teacher valued. She will be missed.
Polly Underwood
Coworker
October 13, 2020
Ms. Mitchell, I will miss you very much. Over 10 years ago, you popped your head into my class and asked if I was interested in having you do a lesson with math and cup stacking. You asked me to move all my furniture and make room, so I complied. I welcomed you that day and you came back and volunteered all the time. We become very good friends.
Rest in Peace my dear friend.
My condolences to her family.
Lupe Cruz
Friend
October 12, 2020
When I began teaching kindergarten, 20 years ago, I was unaware of the specific physical exercise my students would need. Mrs. Mitchell guided me through games, rhythm patterns, and movements that I use to this day. I will forever be grateful to her dedication and generosity. My deepest condolences.
Catalina Nichols
Coworker
October 11, 2020
Ms. Joyce because of you I can say I'm great at cup stacking. My family plays during family gatherings with the cups I ordered from you. Thank you for introducing a fun family competition game to my family and I. I will always think of you when we play. To your family and partner, my deepest condolences. I will be keeping you in my prayers
Love , Mrs. L.
@ Linda Vista school
Lisa Lucero
Coworker
October 11, 2020
Joy was my inspiration when I was struggling, she was encouraging and supportive of doing your all for the kids!
Carol Hagen
Coworker
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