Joyce Colette Tarnow
Joyce Colette Tarnow March 31, 1939 - February 21, 2014 Joyce Tarnow fought the fight of her life surviving cancer two years longer than the estimated five months she was offered. She did it through on-line research with the tenacity and single-minded dedication as she did most things in her life and had a wonderful doctor, Dr. Peter Acs,who listened to her research and often acted on it. She was an intelligent woman who fought for women's rights, population stabilization, and preservation of the environment. Kudos to you Joyce for a life-long struggle. Joyce was born in Chicago, Illinois to Jean and Ronald Pedjas, both deceased, and moved to her beloved Florida when her children were quite young. She lived in Pompano Beach for many years, was active in the Unitarian Church, and operated a medical clinic for thirty of those years. Although Joyce didn't have a formal education beyond high school, she was a very intelligent woman who was articulate and well spoken. Joyce was not only committed to her causes, she traveled the world scuba diving and bird watching. She loved the national parks and had visited many of them. Joyce passed away peacefully with her loving daughter, Collette, at her side. Joyce's husband Bill predeceased her. She is survived by her daughter Collette and son-in-law Peter Ide, sons Mark and Glen Tarnow, seven grandsons David Ide,Robby and Kyle Cook, Tim, David, Phillipp, and Mike Tarnow as well as her sister Jackie Jones. Her life was greatly enriched by her dearest friends Barrie Bartlett, Linda Headly, Toni Montessi, John Rollison and her beloved cat Meow. A Celebration of Joyce's Life will be held at a time and place yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the following charities: or

Published by Sun-Sentinel on Feb. 25, 2014.
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Thank you for helping make the world and Florida a more just place.
Linda Miklowitz
February 19, 2021
i am so sorry i found you to late.
i have been tracing family pictures for quite some time, i reading letters between my mother and aunt Joyce i found her to be quite compassionate. i remember aunt Joyce and uncle bill till their move to Florida. In searching my mothers letters and memories, she describes Aunt Joyce as very intelligent go getter and that any good that happened in their life was because of Joyce's intelligence. I am sad for not having found you soon enough. I had so many questions to ask you and uncle Bill. God bless you and may your memory be eternal.
brenda tarnow work
September 3, 2015
Joyce was a courageous citizen warrior who I first got to know best during the Florida Hometown Democracy/Amendment 4 campaign. You knew Joyce was with you all the way when you were in a fight, as I know and learned she was with the reproductive rights and her other movements. Joyce made her mark for and on behalf of all of us, she never would let you down and she is and will be missed. A good model of an activist that you could only wished you could have duplicated and emulated by all of us. Godspeed Joyce!
john Hedrick
March 16, 2014
My Mom's dear friend of 57 honor & celebration of an amazing woman. One of great strength whom I admire greatly. RIP Joyce
Arla Joyce Wasserman
February 28, 2014
Joyce was bold, brave, and right! I'm just one of her many followers. I worked with Joyce for Population Connection and FSP, and Joyce recruited me for some full-time volunteer work for Hometown Democracy. I'm very proud of having known and worked with her, admire her so much, and will continue to champion her causes. A truly great women who's made a difference! Bravo, Joyce!
Dorothy Wardell
February 28, 2014
February 28, 2014
Always makes everyone happy to know someone who really gave a s--- about fairness and opportunities and love and equality. And ZPG way before it became popular or important. Joyce was always 'on it' -- a true believer and fighter. Didn't we have fun! Just look at her face holding a sign and telling it like it was! She was real! She made us happy and proud to be part of her endeavor! Her arms embraced all of us who marched with her. Joyce, I will always smile when I see your face. Rest peacefully....
Anita Farina Shower
February 27, 2014
Sending heartfelt condolences to Joyce's children and family. Joyce was a great friend to my mother for over 60 years. My mother talked about her often and will miss her very much. Thank you, Joyce, for being such a good friend to my mother and to our family. Rest in peace.
Rene Ostberg
February 27, 2014
Joyce was a tireless worker for clean water, wise land use and clean air and Florida's quality of life. She joined the fray against a jetport in Miami, the Cross-Florida Barge Canal, and sprawling growthevery place she lived. There isn't a corner of Florida that hasn't benefited from her efforts.
A generous, loving and yes, demanding friend and mother, she will be missed. Now she is dancing with the Marjories to improve the great beyond.
Alice Friedman
February 27, 2014
To the Tarnow Family,
We are all better for having known or debated Joyce. She was a stalwart in a world of compromisers. Whether slogging the swamp or confronting monied politics the Tarnow Family can forever be proud of her zeal and compassion.

With our sympthany,

Debbie and Rod
Debbie and Rod Tirrell
February 27, 2014
Joyce, I will never forget our fight in the trenches for a woman's right to choose. What a ride!!! Nothing could dissuade you from providing all women (and men too) with low cost medical care. You have left quite a legacy in all the endeavors you were committed to.
Rest In Peace, Joyce, you are missed.
Laurie A.
February 26, 2014
I met Joyce when I became the minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale in 1999. She had been active in our church off and on for years. I occasionally supported her something related to her clinic as did many members. Even though Joyce did not attend church often during my tenure here, she remained a financial supporter long after her active time passed. She was very passionate person and a committed activist. I know she made an impact on many people and many issues. Rev. Gail Tapscott
February 26, 2014
I echo all that was said by the others. I knew Joyce through ZPG and we worked on petitions to make abortion legal in the early '70s. Her views on population and environmental matters educated me. My sympathy to her family in their great loss.
Diane Lawrence
February 26, 2014
Sending my condolences to the family of Joyce Tarnow!
We played basketball, volleyball, and softball together! She was an awesome friend! It was a privilege to have known her! RIP, Joyce, you are loved and respected!
February 26, 2014
My sincere condolences to Ms. Tarnow's family. I knew her through FSP, she was a kind and dedicated person. I'm thankful and inspired for the work she did on behalf of the Florida environment. She made a difference with her life.
Marci Philbin
February 26, 2014
Joyce was one of a kind - and a force of nature. She spent her life fighting for what she believed in. Florida has lost a great woman and activist, and I have lost a dear friend. RIP Joyce. I love you.
Carole Walsh
February 26, 2014
I met Joyce in Tallahassee during the campaign for the Florida Hometown Amendment (4). I was impressed by her dedication to making the world better and her history as a courageous owner of a women's clinic in South Florida and as an environmental activist. Activists pay a high personal price for their commitment to repair the world. Thank you to her children for being there for her and sharing her. She leaves us all with her modeling how to put our ideals in action. Now she goes on to reform heaven.
Linda Miklowitz
February 26, 2014
Joy Towles Ezell
February 25, 2014
Dear Collette, I am so sorry to learn of Joyce's passing. Joyce and i became friends several years ago after she moved to Cross City, and shared many hours of conversation and friendship, a number of hours of work on various issues locally and state-wide, and I was always so very impressed by her tenacity, knowledge, and willingness to step forward and take the right stand. I will miss her greatly, as will our environment, she will be missed on so many issues that I can't even begin to name them all. She was always such an inspiration. Rest in peace, Joyce - you will be missed by many, including me.
Joy Towles Ezell
February 25, 2014
I am very sorry for your loss. Please take comfort in Acts24:14
February 25, 2014
We admired Joyce from afar when she worked with ZPG and it was amazing when we moved to Florida and actually worked with her on some projects. We remember her vivacious spirit and all of her hard work and feel privileged that our paths crossed. Sincerest condolences to the family.
Carol & Joe Pundai
February 25, 2014
Collette, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. I hope she and Giggy meet in heaven. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Linda
Linda Wallander
February 25, 2014
So glad I had the chance to know Joyce during our team meetings for FHD. Joyce was such an inspiration and crusader for all that is good in the world. As she continues her crusades in another dimension, she will be missed by all that knew her. My condolences to the family of this great lady.
Dori Sutter
February 25, 2014
Not many people willing to get involved with local,national or global issues and try to make a difference like Joyce did ! I spent some time working with her when it was easier to make a difference in Broward politics some years ago !
Bob Mikes
February 25, 2014
I was so inspired by Joyce's courage and tenacity. She was a great role model, always speaking her mind and not afraid to stand up for her beliefs. Her confidence came from deep inside her, firmly rooted in love. She will be missed.
Karen Ahlers
February 25, 2014
Gosh, I am so shocked having no idea that Joyce was sick. I appreciate all that she has done to make Florida and this world a better place. Her stand on illegal immigration was a noble one. Rest in peace, Joyce, your memory will live on.
Lynn Anderson
February 25, 2014
Dear Colette, Glen, and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Mom. Please accept my prayers and love. God Bless, Colleen
February 25, 2014
I got to know Joyce through the Sierra Club. Her persistence and dedication to advancing the Florida Hometown Democracy initiative was awe-inspiring. I later learned of her work defending women's right to choose, and the dangers she had faced in doing so. Joyce was a remarkable person who really made a difference.
Mara Shlackman
February 25, 2014
Joyce was an absolutely unique person. She had an amazing capacity to preserve and push for what she believed in: women's rights; the rights of non-human species to space on this planet; the beauty and necessity of nature; the importance of stabilizing human population growth. She was at the vanguard of these efforts and did not shrink. Threats, arrest, defamation--she was unstoppable. We need more people like you Joyce. You are greatly admired and you will be greatly missed.
Lesley Blackner
February 25, 2014
Was very sorry to hear about Joyce, she was a passionate, committed environmentalist. I worked closely with her on a few projects, especially Hometown Democracy. She really made a difference as well as inspiring others.
Max Goldstein
February 25, 2014
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