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: www.seashepard.org
Published by Sun-Sentinel on Feb. 25, 2014.