Joyce Marie Ortiz - Arman
November 12, 2001 – January 30, 2020
Joyce Marie Ortiz - Arman, 18, of Reading, entered eternal rest on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Hershey Medical Center surrounded by her loving family after a 3.5 year, valiant battle, against Ewing Sarcoma. Born on November 12, 2001, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Joyce was the cherished daughter of Ervin Gonzalez and Giselle Arman.
Joyce was a warrior, undergoing surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments in an attempt to spare her life against this very rare cancer. She did not let cancer get her down or in the way of her living life. It may have taken over her body, but it never even got close to touching her soul.
A graduate of Reading High School, Joyce was very active in and out of school. While in school, she was an accomplished viola player and has played since the 4th grade, she was involved in public safety, participated in Girls on the Run and JROTC. In her spare time, Joyce loved to play Kendama, sing, rap and write her own songs.
Due to her illness, Joyce became a vocal advocate for childhood cancer, participating in Camp Can-Do and performed 'Fly High', a song she wrote herself at Penn States THON. Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, the two groups that lead THON, adopted Joyce in to their family.
Despite the sickness, hospitalizations and chemotherapy, Joyce remained determined not only to beat the disease but, ensure that other children facing similar battles experienced some joy and normalcy during their treatments. During a recent stay at Penn State Children's Hospital, Joyce collected toys for the Child Life program. A program that helps children, teens and families cope with the emotional stress that can come with health problems and hospital stays.
Joyce was also a Make-a-Wish recipient, where she lived her dream of becoming a Marine for a couple days at Camp Lejune, in North Carolina. She was also crowned Miss Teen Reading 2019 and recently became an honorary police officer for the Reading Police Department.
Joyce’s spirit is carried on by; mother Giselle Arman, father Ervin Gonzalez; three sisters Gisellys Krystal Gonzalez, Ginellys Sophia Gonzalez and her “sunshine”, Joycenellys Gonzalez, who she had the honor of naming. Her spirit is also carried on by maternal grandmother Ana Echevarria; three uncles Jesus Arman, Ermi Arman, Eduardo Caraballo; two aunts Caroline Caraballo, Celestina Rodriguez; godmother Wilmary Arman; step grandmother Candida Morales and step uncle Francisco Gonzalez. Joyce also leaves behind a host of cousins and many friends from every walk of life to cherish her memory.
Family and friends will be received 6 pm to 8 pm, Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Theo C. Auman Funeral Home, 247 Penn St Reading, PA 19601. An additional visitation will be held Friday, February 7, 2020 in the funeral home 10 am – 12 pm with prayer services commencing at 12 pm. A graveside committal at Charles Evans Cemetery, 1119 Centre Ave. Reading, PA 19601 will follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joyce’s memory may be made to Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital, 1249 Cocoa Avenue, Suite 115P.O. Box 852Hershey, PA 17033-0852 or at https://fourdiamonds.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.event&eventID=1343
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.TheoCAuman.com for the Ortiz - Arman family.
- Giselle Arman, Mother
- Ervin Gonzalez, Father
- Ana Echevarria, Grandmother
- Gisellys Krystal Gonzalez, Sister
- Ginellys Sophia Gonzalez, Sister
- Joycenellys Gonzalez, Sister
- Jesus Arman, Uncle
- Ermi "Papo" Arman, Uncle
- Eduardo "Waro" Caraballo, Uncle
- Caroline "Mary" Caraballo, Aunt
- Celestina "Celly" Rodriguez, Aunt
- Wilmary Arman, Godmother
- Candida"Santy" Morales, Step grandmother
- Francisco Gonzalez, Step uncle
- Joyce also leaves behind a host of cousins and friends from everywalk of life to cherish her memory.
- Viewing Thursday, February 6, 2020
- Prayer Service Thursday, February 6, 2020
- Viewing Friday, February 7, 2020
- Funeral Service Friday, February 7, 2020
- Graveside Commital Friday, February 7, 2020
Joyce Marie Ortiz - Arman
February 7, 2020
Joyce is my best friend, she is so courageous, devoted & she’s the strongest person I’ve ever met! We have so many great memories that will forever be in my heart! Her family has accepted me in their home so many times and I will always be great fun for them and for Joyce being the greatest role model I ever had! She was the greatest thing to happen to me & she will Forever be My HERO!
February 7, 2020
It doesn't just take someone strong to go through what Joyce, in life, battled. It takes someone full of life, dedication and love to accomplish what Joyce did in her life. I had the pleasure to enjoy her company and become aware of how much of a beautiful person she was and how much laughter she sprinkled onto others. She encompassed and truly symboled joy. Physically Joyce may not be here but the brightness and warmth of her soul and memories will wrap around you, hugging you, never leaving you. We will all carry her memory and let those who come after us continue to spread the love, compassion and will we all know Joyce had.
We love Joyce and are completely honored to know her. We will always be here for support in anyway needed. May God, family, and other friends hold you through this tough time.
February 6, 2020
O Joyce, I am really going to miss you. It was a pleasure to have you crowned Miss Teen Reading, PA 2019. You looked so beautiful on that day, wearing your crown with grace. I am grateful to have known you for such a short time. I admired your determination and resilience. You persevered through adversity and I appreciated your friendship. You were the only person who gave me a gift after I won my election race. I will always cherish those bracelets. Thank you and thanks to your parents for allowing me to be part of your family. Until we meet again, my friend, Rest In Perfect Peace.
February 4, 2020
Thank you for sharing such a tremendous light with the world
February 4, 2020
My beautiful, sweet, brave friend: I will always miss your laugh and how contagious it was. I love you.
February 2, 2020
Joyce was so funny I took them to go see Sean Mendez concert she sitting in the car busting out eating peanut butter we all just look and start laughing we stay at a hotel she was like use the cancer card so we can get a better room I was like no she was like come on I will she was just amazing made us laugh I miss her so much and love you Joyce