OBITUARY

Joyce Anna White

August 23, 1948July 4, 2019

Joyce White passed on at the age of 70 from a complication of an existing heart condition. She was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Charles (Bud) and Mary Nelson. She is survived by her husband, Robert White, of Peoria, Arizona and a circle of loving family and friends from all over the United States and Europe.

Both of Joyce’s parents and her sister, Susie, left this world far too early in her life, but she filled those voids by developing deep and lasting relationships with many extended family members and friends, too many to list for fear of leaving someone out. Having no children of her own, Joyce was a second mother to many, a sister to anyone with a drop of related blood, and a friend with so many whose relationships lasted for decades. If you were part of that circle, you received a handwritten note for special events or a personal thought of encouragement, often including a remembrance or gift.

In her full life, Joyce’s formative years were in Cheyenne, Wyoming. California and Hawaii became her next two states as she developed her skills in administration and organization. Then it was onto Chicago and Columbus, Ohio where she forged a career in banking while acquiring a Master’s Degree in Banking. Joyce began the corporate climb to a successful career in the financial services and banking industry taking her to Phoenix in her beloved state of Arizona – she so loved the Southwest. After her marriage to Bob, she continued her work in the UK and then York, PA. She became an expert in project and organizational management and “thinking out of the box”; these skills were evident in her work in the Westbrook Village community to this day. Joyce’s strategic vision for all organizations she participated in, and her personal financial advisory skills were generously shared when someone asked for help.

Through all of her successes, Joyce never lost touch with her friends and family as she explored the world and encouraged others to join her. She was passionate about travel particularly to the National Parks which was probably born out of a summer job as at bellhop in Yellowstone Park at age 16. Birds of the desert were also important to her and her connection to the hawk was life-long. For the past 5 years she and Bob have lovingly shared their retirement home at Westbrook Village with their cockatiel named Mr. “P”.

Privacy for herself and others was a mantra at her core. If you told her a secret it was never repeated. When she developed a heart condition at the age of 56, she did not share this information readily. She fought a valiant battle with this personal challenge without complaining or whining. Her philosophy of positive thinking kept her going for many years. Above all else, Joyce had a generous spirit, lived with a commitment to integrity and took great joy in helping others. If you had any relationship with Joyce, you were expected to tell the truth and she did the same.

As one long-time friend says of her passing, “A light has gone out. We can only think of Joyce with a smile or a laugh and a positive outlook. We didn’t deserve to lose her so soon and we will all be the poorer because of the untimely loss.”

Please join us for a “Celebration of Life” for Joyce on Sunday, July 14th from 2-5 pm. An informal program will begin at 2:30 pm followed by food, beverages, and sharing memories until 5 pm. Celebration of Life The Links Neighborhood Grill in Westbrook Village 18823 N Country Club Parkway Peoria, AZ 85382

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joyce’s name to the Fallen Feathers Organization (fallenfeathers.org) or Yellowstone Forever (yellowstone.org.) There will be a private funeral for close family only.

Services

  • Memorial & Celebration of Life Sunday, July 14, 2019

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JoAnn Boontjer

July 14, 2019

I have only known Joyce for a short time but that is all it took to see the kind, giving, supportive, gracious, very intelligent and lovely person she was. I had the pleasure working with her briefly at WBV in a couple of capacities. My remaining images of Joyce---at the computer, with Daisy (visiting cockatiel) on her shoulder and by Bob's side at all of his WBV meetings, always with a pleasant countenance.

Dianne Doerschel

July 13, 2019

Joyce was a dear friend and I feel a deep loss. Her love and compassion for myself and others was always felt by me and everyone. She was such a fabulous addition to the Westbrook Village Computer Club as my Vice President. She kept me on track and helped make our Computer Club a huge success in every way. I miss her and look forward to seeing her in heaven.

John Sandahl

July 12, 2019

I have very dear memories of my sister Joan and I playing with Joyce and Susan when we were very young together in Cheyenne. We played a lot at night while our parents were playing bridge together. I especially enjoyed being outside their home on 27th street in Cheyenne on cool summer nights. We liked to play hide and seek together. Joyce was the big sister and always very tough to beat!! She always found us!

My condolences to all Joyce’s family and friends for losing her much too soon. Particular sympathy to Bob. Love you all, Cousin John

Linda Hofman

July 12, 2019

I live in Westbrook Village and first met Joyce when I volunteered at the AARP Tax Aide Program . She was so helpful to all the newcomers, making us feel welcome. She put you at ease with her kind and gentle nature. I loved her smile and you could not help but smile back at her. Over the years, I enjoyed her laughter and positive outlook on everything we discussed. I don't know what we will do without her?
I know she was very involved in the Computer Club and know that she will be missed by all that knew her. My heartfelt condolences go out to Bob and her family and dearest friends. God Bless each and everyone of you. Linda

Janice Brady

July 10, 2019

Joyce and I started out on a rocky road, but with her smile and spirited personality that road became a very smooth one. The more I got to work with her and listen to all her ideas and how she approached every issue we became connected as friends. I had a lot to learn from her and our time has run out, but all the good and warm memories will always be in my heart. God bless Bob, her husband, and her loving family.

Maggie Couch

July 10, 2019

I was honored to know Jo. She was kind and wonderful. I knew Jo thanks to her sister, Nancy Girardi, of Fort Collins, to whom, along with other family and friends, I send my love and deepest sympathy.

Becky Burns

July 10, 2019

My fondest memory of "Jo" which will help us all heal, is scary yet heart warming, crazy yet hilarious & a wonderful ending:
Several years back, my dear cousin who lived 3 houses down from me, called me in a panic!
Her precious bird, Mr. P. , got loose somehow while enjoying the outside in it's cage!! Jo got on her bike, while I jumped into our golf cart along with our 2 preeten visiting granddaughters & took off scanning the neighborhood ! Jo was whistling the familiar tune that she & Mr.P shared. She had also taught this whistle to me as well. My grandkids were yelling out "MR. P., MR. P." while I was applying the familiar whistle.
We spent a lot of time looking for the bird & were panicking because we saw many predator birds flying in our community. Believe me, we must have made quite a spectacle of ourselves! After several hours, our determined & loving Jo, found Mr. P hunkered at the top of a palm tree frightened. Jo was able to calm him down with her sweet voice & loving whistle !! He flew to her & she gently covered him with a blanket to comfort him !
So she again displayed her unconditional love for ,what to some, might seem frivolous but to her & Bob was their companion !
In fact, Mr P. Is now grieving like all of the rest of the family & multitude of friends.
JO...I WILL MISS YOU GREATLY BUT TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT GOD HAS LIFTED YOU UP & WE WILL MEET AGAIN! LOVE..Becky

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY