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Joyce Isobel Gallegos

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Joyce Isobel Gallegos

Phoenix - Joyce Isobel Gallegos, 75, died peacefully on May 2, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.

Joyce was born in Inverness, Scotland to Robert and Jessie Forbes. After graduating from nursing school in 1965 in London, England, she married Wendell Martin Taylor in 1966. A year later, they moved to Arkansas temporarily and then to New Jersey where she worked as a bookkeeper for a musical instrument company. From there they moved to Arizona, where Joyce pursued her nursing career. Two of their children, Scott Robert Taylor and Ross Graham Taylor passed away within months of birth. Then she gave birth to their only daughter, Heather Lee Taylor Wiest, in 1970. Her second marriage was in 1980 to George James Dvorak. After receiving addiction recovery help from Turning Point, she remained there on staff as a house mother. She became a Program Manager at Crossroads for Women in 1995. Through God's grace, she was able to help many women overcome and rebuild. After retirement, the final seventeen years of her life were spent happily married to Gilbert Gallegos.

Although Joyce lived in the US for 51 years, she never lost her adorable Scottish accent, which paired well with her fiery red hair. Her Cheshire cat smile was contagious and complimented her love for animals. She rescued and rehabilitated many a cat. Her schoolgirl giggle was quite unique and was known to spill out when joking with her husband or playing games with her granddaughters.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Gilbert; daughter, Heather (Jon Wiest); granddaughters Madeline Wiest and Mackenzie Wiest; brothers Graham Forbes and Eric Forbes; and sister Sheila Forbes. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Jessie; sons, Scott and Ross; and brother, Alan Forbes.

There will be a private family celebration of life and her ashes will be scattered around Seven Springs, Arizona per her request. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated in memory of Joyce Gallegos to Crossroads, Inc. 1700 E. Thomas Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 thecrossroadsinc.org
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 6, 2018
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