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My Story

Welcome to Joyce's CaringBridge site. We created it to keep our family and friends updated about how she is doing. We, also, encourage you to upload photos, to recall your adventures with her, and share your memories of Joyce.

As the days have passed since Joyce's fall last Wednesday, we continued to gain a greater understanding of the profound trauma to Joyce's brain and the myriad resulting complications. After consulting with the trauma doctors and neurologists earlier this week,  We decided to remove Joyce from life support and enroll her in a hospice program. She had a Living Will and we believe that our decision honors her wishes that were set out in that document. 

On Thursday afternoon, Joyce left the hospital and was admitted to a nursing facility near our house -- you can see it from the front door!

Joyce is resting well and seems comfortable. Hospice will help with her care and guide us through the days to come.

It is unbelievable that her life has come to an end in such a surprising and tragic way --  especially since she so bravely and stubbornly fought cancer for nearly two years. As you can imagine, we are broken-hearted.

We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and the prayers. It means more than you could ever know. We hope that we can continue to count on them as we continue to care for Joyce in the coming days. 


Carolyn Ray posted a new journal entry.

With her family close by, Joyce passed away last night. A bright, beautiful light is gone from this world. We are so, so very sad, but we take solace in the gentle and ... Read more

Laura Federico signed Joyce's Guestbook.

Thank you Joyce for all that you taught me!  The biggest lesson I learned from her was  "Why not?!"  Her enthusiasm for hands-on science was an inspiration.  She ... Read more

linda hooper signed Joyce's Guestbook.

Joyce was a master teacher, a loving mother, and a caring friend.  My life was enriched by knowing her.  All of you have my deepest sympathy and my prayers that you may ... Read more

Jeanette Stepanske signed Joyce's Guestbook.

I loved Joyce. I loved her optimism, her professional "with-it-ness", her ability to see the big picture while attending to the details, her energy, her smile, her ... Read more

Lois Lee, Nova Southeastern University, Miami, FL signed Joyce's Guestbook.

Dear Bill and Carolyn,I am so sorry to hear about Joyce losing her courageous fight. I loved her dearly. Joyce assisted me for several years as we provided professional ... Read more

Shane Schmeichel, Director, Coronado School of the Arts signed Joyce's Guestbook.

I fell in love with Joyce the moment I met her.  I learned so much from her in the very little time I worked with her when she would fly to Minnesota to work with my ... Read more

Scott Thomas signed Joyce's Guestbook.

Carolyn and Bill - I am so sad to read your latest post. I loved Joyce so much and valued her friendship, ideas, and support over the years.  She will be so missed at the ... Read more

Valerie Rutledge signed Joyce's Guestbook.

Joyce brought enthusiasm and vision to every project she undertook.  Because of her, we are all better people.  Her influence made a difference for those of us lucky ... Read more

Daniel Fraley signed Joyce's Guestbook.

A tragic loss of a truly special human being.  You will be missed Mrs. Tatum, 万歳! Read more

The Kelly & Jennifer Meredith family signed Joyce's Guestbook.

Bill, Laura & family,Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We will fondly remember Joyce and her zest for life, her infectious laugh and her ability to ... Read more

Laura Heck signed Joyce's Guestbook.

Joyce was a smile, a pat on the back, a word of encouragement, all at the right moment. She helped me through some tough days without ever knowing it. To her family, ... Read more

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