Patricia Ann Joyce “Patty” passed away peacefully on January 30, 2021 at the age of 90. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Charles Joyce, “Chuck” and her son, Michael.
Patty attended St. Mary’s grammar school in Phoenix and went on to graduate from St. Mary’s High School where she met and fell in love with her forever, Chuck Joyce. Together they raised 10 children and were later blessed with 22 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Patty was a loving wife, mother, and homemaker. She was an active member in both her children’s school and community activities.
Despite Chuck and Patty’s full schedule, family and friends were their passion and delight. The family grew up spending summer vacations at the beach, large holiday gatherings, and a cabin in the pines of Prescott, designed by Patty and built by Chuck…a special place they would cherish for many years.
Patty is survived by her 9 children, her sister, Betty Blake, many family relatives, and close childhood friends. Her new mission takes her to Heaven where she will be socializing, dancing, drinking ice-tea, and reading to her heart’s content. Laughter, peace, and love are guaranteed.
Patty’s family would like to thank the staff of the Beatitudes, who loved and cared for her like she was one of their own. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of the Valley at www.hov.org.
Mary Seivert Del Nero
Oh Joyce Family. This not only touches my heart but my entire family. Your Mom always had a hugs and a huge smile for each of us. Your home was always welcome and full of love. That St. Mary’s reunion is getting full up in heaven! We will miss her
Pam Trompeter Aguilu
Mary and family,
My heart goes out to you at this time. Our mothers are the foundation of family love. How blessed to have had so many years with them. May she rest in peace….or perhaps her dancing shoes.
Joe Prewiitt on behalf of the Family
Patty and my Mom, BJ Donofrio-Prewitt, were friends in diapers. The family is fortunate to have photos of the two girls throughout their childhood, but my favorites are a series of shots when Patty and Mom were teenagers. They both were young and happy-go-lucky kids with their lives before them. It is clear from these photos that they always made each other laugh.
A lifelong friendship is a gift from God that is only given to special people. Both individuals impart love and spirit that impacts each other’s lives. In a way, we are who we are because, in part, of what Patty was to my Mom.
Mom, at 90, has trouble remembering what happened yesterday, and I am not sure she realizes Patty is gone, but in a way, she is not…she lives in Mom’s memory and will be with her always…as her best friend.
I loved those strong face hugs she gave. And she and mom giggling. Good memories.
I’m sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. She was such a sweet and kind person. Working with Ralph all these years I had many interactions with Pat and know how much she loved her family. May she be at peace. My condolences to all of the Joyce family.