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Joyce Mildred Giorgi
September 25, 1933 ~ July 3, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
On July 3rd, in her home of 72 years Joyce Giorgi took her last breath. Born in
Fullerton, CA on September 25, 1933 to Jesse and Mabel Ward. Joyce was the
third of five girls.
As a young girl her family moved often and due to circumstances were not always
together. In her early teens, Joyce settled in Sonoma, and started working as a
waitress. After saving enough money she lied about her age to buy her first car at
14 years old and was happy not to have to walk to work. At one of her job's, she
worked with a woman who introduced Joyce to her son Ray. Ray was an Army
Veteran and employed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. When they married in 1950,
Joyce was 16 years old and needed parental permission.
Soon after the couple bought their home and started a family. Joyce was a
fantastic cook. She hosted many large holiday meals, preparing everything from
appetizers to desserts, all from scratch. She also sewed clothing for herself, and
her two daughters. Her yard and flower beds were parklike, and she spent hours
tending to them.
A trip to the casino was always an outing she enjoyed. The Giorgi family took many
trips camping, hiking, river rafting, snow and water skiing. Joyce and Ray together
took trips to Europe, Mexico and across the states.
Joyce was preceded in death by Ray, her husband of 62 years, granddaughter
Gretchen, and sisters Darlene, Patty, and Robin. She is survived by daughters
Elaine Giorgi, Jeanette Teves, (Mike), and her sister Barbara. Grandchildren
Rachel, Jake, and Karen. Great Grandchildren Brooke, Emily, Michael, James,
Adelina, Carmen and Anna. Great Great Grandchildren Joey, Avery, Grayson and
The family thanks Kini for her kindness and care of Joyce during the past nine
There will be a simple grave side service at Oak Court in Mountain Cemetery. Day and Time are pending so please check back. In leu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice.