Joyce Mae Accardo

January 11, 1949January 6, 2011

JOYCE MAY ACCARDO January 11, 1949-January 6, 2012

Joyce was born in Gaffney, SC to William Bowman and Fairlane Wyatt on January 11, 1949 and passed away at the age of 62 in Chowchilla, CA with her family surrounding her on January 6, 2012.

She lived in Gaffney, SC for 16 years, then moved to Los Banos, CA where she lived for 21 years, and resided in Chowchilla, CA for the past 25 years. Until she became ill in December 2008 she was the manager at Chowchilla Chevron. For the last 3 years she has battled stage 5 Lung Cancer with strength, courage, and determination.

She will be remembered for her great sense of humor, her kind and loving heart, and the impact on the lives of those who loved her.

Joyce is preceded in death by her loving husband, Ron Accardo; mother, Fairlane Wyatt; and her aunt she adored, Margie.

She was survived by her children-Michelle and husband Clint Minor, Shannon Keys and fiancé Steve Miller, Stephanie and husband Gary Lindblom, Tanya and husband Brian Shambaugh, and Ronny and husband Michael Juarez; grandchildren-Kathryn, Kirsten, Corey, Phillip, Andi, Jacob, Michael, Ethan, Hayden, Dylan, Caleb, and Logan; great grandchildren-Chloe and Kaili; and brother Billy Wyatt.

Services will be on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Crossroad Community Church, 1404 W. Robertson Blvd., Chowchilla, CA 93610 with graveside following at 11:00 A.M. at Chowchilla District Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donation to be made to the Lung Cancer Alliance, P.O. Box 418 372, Boston, MA 02241-8372 or Hinds Hospice of Merced, 410 W Main St., Merced, CA 95340.

Arrangements under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, Merced, CA.


  • Memorial Service Friday, January 13, 2012

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Dave and Rae Vant

January 12, 2012

To Tanya and all your family. We know the pain of losing a loved one. Dave and I are glad that you and your mom were close and that she will live on in all of you.

God Bless and comfort you all.

Tanya Shambaugh

January 11, 2012

Happy Birthday today mom. I will miss you always. You have passed on great qualities to me like your courage, strength and loving heart. Give dad all my love, until we meet again. I love you so much.

Tanya Shambaugh

January 11, 2012

Happy Birthday today mom, I love you so much. I will forever miss you. You were a brave, courageous and strong woman. I know you have passed on some great qualities to me and I will forever admire you for that. Give dad all my love, may you forever rest in peace.

kathryn lucero

January 11, 2012

I love u gummy..and I will miss you every day for the rest of my life. But I'm so thankful that I had someone like you in my life. You were the strongest and bravest woman I've ever known and I will always admire you for that. Give papa a kiss for me. I love you both and I'm happy to know you are finally at rest together..


January 11, 2012

Mom, I will love and miss you always, but you will forever live in my heart.

Stratford Evans Funeral Chapel

January 9, 2012

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.