Joyce Elizabeth HULL
October 31, 1925 – November 18, 2019
Joyce Elizabeth Holroyd Hull of Oviedo, Florida, passed away on November 18, 2019, at the age of 94.
Joyce was a remarkable person in so many ways. She was born on October 31, 1925, in Wuhu, China, to missionary parents. She was an outstanding student at Hiram College in Ohio and also sang the lead role in the opera Carmen that was staged at the college. Her father taught her the joys of hiking and camping, and she later shared her love of the outdoors with her children. She participated in road rallies at the local and national level and served as president of the Orlando Sports Car Club for many years. For decades, she also competed annually in a national map rally, a tradition carried on by some of her children and grandchildren. She was also known for her fantastic strawberry pie!
In the 1960's, Joyce became an engineer and systems analyst at Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin), an almost unheard-of achievement for women in those days. She was both amused and proud to receive the “Sprint Man of the Month” award for her contributions to the Sprint missile project, and she liked to quip about giving presentations at The Pentagon “that even a 4-star general could understand” (the Four Stars laughed with her). While raising four kids and working full time in Orlando, Joyce also managed to complete a master’s degree in Mathematics through a distance education program from the University of Michigan.
When she retired after 27 years at Martin Marietta, Joyce felt it was important to do something of social value, so she volunteered her time transcribing Braille materials for the blind, specializing in math and physics textbooks. She served on the Board of the Braille Association of Mid-Florida, advocated locally and nationally in support of the best Braille language for STEM students, and passed her knowledge on by teaching Braille transcription classes for years. In fact, she spent almost as many years volunteering as she did in her professional career, and her dedication to equal opportunity in education for the visually impaired is an important part of her legacy.
Through all these achievements, Joyce remained a loving and dedicated mom and grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be sorely missed by all. Joyce is survived by her children Tom (Diana) Hull, Amy (Gaines) Campbell, Jim (Pat) Hull, and Bonnie (George) Hart; her grandchildren Christina, Alyson, Erica, Alex, Ben, Jessica, Madeline, and Kaitlin; and her great-grandchildren Joshua, Samantha, Anastasia, Gabrielle, Emma, and Briar. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Waldie and Rose Holroyd; her siblings Bobby, Muriel, Dick, and Barbara; and her great-granddaughter Lauren. At Joyce’s request, no public service will be held, but her family invites you to share your thoughts and memories here. Memorial donations may be sent to the Braille Association of Mid-Florida, PO Box 140908, Orlando, FL 32814.
Joyce Elizabeth HULL
November 29, 2019
I have so many fond memories of Joyce. I want to share the first time I met her. It was when I was a teacher of the visually impaired at Lockhart Middle School. Joyce and her dear friend Ruth Jean Ostle offered to braille books for my middle schoolers. They were obsessed with the Gary Paulsen series. I was amazed at their quick response and the kids were thrilled.
The kids wanted to thank all the braillists and decided to have a luncheon for them. All my kids, our program had both visually impaired children and children with physical impairments, wanted to help. They made all the arrangements including a special program. It was a fun day. At the very end, Joyce announced that they had another book for them. One of the boys ran to the front of the room, took the book and hugged it. As he started to tell Joyce how much he appreciated it. another child jumped on his back in order to grab the book. The other boy said he should read it first because he could read it faster. Of course, I removed the two boys from the room. I know the braillists were in shock. I was not. Boys will be boys, but to do that in front of an audience of guests!
Joyce and Ruth Jean Ostle, among others, often referred to that event. It really drove home the need to get books into the hands of the kids. I was so grateful to the Braille Association of Mid-Florida and their support always.
When I retired, I called Joyce and asked her if I could take her braille class and I did.. It had been a dream of mine since I was in high school and receiving my certification was a special event in my life.
I have so many special memories of her over the last twenty plus years. I considered Joyce to be my mentor and my very dear friend. She shared so much with all of us. She was very generous to our local and state braille groups with her time and support. We owe her so much. Joyce will always be a part of us and her spirit will always be with us and our work.
Wit (Mariann Witengier)
November 29, 2019
I remember visting Uncle Johnny & Aunt Joyce when I was really young & having to go pee in the middle of the night when a flash of lightning & a heart beat later a crash of thunder happened.....being from San Diego such things didn't happen very often or basicly not at all.......so it scared me & I screamed bloody mary & Aunt Joyce jumped out of bed to find out who it was & what the problem was & ran into a piece of furniture & broke a toe.......I was so embarrassed & felt awful to cause such a commotion all I could do was cry & Aunt Joyce was so sweet to me even through her own pain.....of course later on it was funny to everybody but me.......until I grew up & I moved to Missouri where I absolutely love thunderstorms now......lol.....go figure
November 21, 2019
My condolences to the Hull family on the passing of Joyce. I knew her from the Sports Car Club rallies. I have very fond memories of those Sundays afternoons riding all around the Central Florida counties. She worked with me and Andy on laying out a rally for the blind and we had the instruction done in Braille. Our club members were the drivers and the blind gave us the dorections. What an awarding day that was. I also worked at Martin/Lockheed for 30+ years and Joyce and I had many conversations. She was loved by many and will be missed.