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Joyce Kimball Lovejoy
February 9, 1934 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Joyce passed away on January 16, 2024, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Joyce was born in 1934 in Backus, Minnesota to Earl and Anna Mae Kimball. She spent much of her early life in rural areas around Backus. Her dad owned a sawmill and Joyce had fond memories of spending summers at the mill with her brother, Chet and sisters, Phyllis, and Marlene. She remembered playing in the saw dust piles, walking on stilts made from mill edgings, and getting rides on horses headed back to the barn after a long day of work. The family moved to Park Rapids, Minnesota and Joyce attended school there from 5th grade through high school. She was a member of the band and cheer leading squad at Park Rapids High School and graduated in 1952.
Joyce attended Bemidgi State College and Greg School of Business. From 1954 until her marriage, she worked as a secretary for Pillsbury Mils and Wood Conversion Company. In March of 1964, she married Harry Edwin Lovejoy. They made a home in Burnsville, Minnesota where their two daughters, Kathleen and Amy were born.
In 1982, the family moved to Mission Viejo, California. Joyce was employed as office manager for a home builder in Santa Ana, CA. Joyce had fond memories of Mission Viejo, especially her lovely neighbors. Joyce played bridge in as many bridge groups as she could manage and joined a dinner club. She loved entertaining, especially her friends from dinner club.
Her grandchildren have fond memories of visiting their grandparents in Mission Viejo. They remember swimming in the pool, eating pasta, and playing games with Grandma. Her daughters and sons-in-law have fond memories of the fantastic meals that she prepared, especially her delicious breakfasts.
Joyce is loved and missed by her sisters, Marlene and Phyllis, daughters, Katheen and Amy, sons-in-law, Erik and David, and grandchildren Scott, Kristen, Lauren and Jocelyn.
Joyce will be buried next to Harry at Miramar National Cemetery. No service will be held at this time, but the family will gather to celebrate Joyce at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: www.michaeljfox.org