Mrs. Joyce was born to Albert and Rita Martin in Lowell, Mass. She was the sixth of seven siblings, and relatives said she distinguished herself as a humorous and unpredictable member of the family. As she grew up, they said, she became the nucleus of her family with an even temper, an unwavering commitment to doing the right thing and a generous capacity for forgiveness.
Mrs. Joyce was the first of her family to continue to higher education, earning an associate degree and nursing license.
While attending Middlesex Community College, she met and dated Robbie Joyce. In 1984, he moved to California, she followed and began working as an oncology nurse. The couple married in 1988.
They had three daughters, and Mrs. Joyce began working in the mother and baby unit of her hospital. Shortly afterward, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She completed her treatment and then helped her husband through his own struggle with cancer.
After moving to Scotts Valley in 1998, Mrs. Joyce retired from nursing and volunteered at school and church.
Mrs. Joyce enjoyed vacationing in York Beach, Maine, with her extended family, walking West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, reading her Bible on her deck and playing cards and other games.
Mrs. Joyce is survived by her husband, Rob Joyce; daughters, Jacqueline, Jessica, and Jamie Joyce; mother, Rita Martin; and siblings, Dick Martin, Ronnie Martin, Kirby Martin, Denise Lemieux, Terry Brouillard and Norman Martin, and their families.
A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Seascape Beach Resort, 1 Seascape Resort Drive, in Aptos, with reception to follow. To share memories with the family, visit www.scmemorial.com.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Mrs. Joyce’s name made be made to Hospice of Santa Cruz County, 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066; or to the Scotts Valley Education Foundation, www.svef.net.