Amelia "Joyce" Sasselli Baker

April 8, 1926November 16, 2012

Amelia Joyce Baker was born on April 8, 1926 in Fresno, California to Edmundo and LuLu Sasselli. She died in Visalia, California, on November 16, 2012. One day Joyce was introduced to a local cowboy as he tried to buy a bull from her father. Some say that Milton Baker left that day with much more than he bargained for. Milton and Joyce were married on April 6, 1946 and raised their two children Darlene and Ronnie at the Bar B Baker Ranch in Elderwood. Joyce lived a busy life. Many of you will remember her as the feisty bus driver who ruled her bus with an iron fist and many packs of gum. Others will remember her and Milton as active members of Woodlake High school athletics, selling tickets at football and basketball games, or from her Rodeo Days working the Lady Lions Booth. Still others will remember her generosity and the countless hours she spent crocheting blankets for family and friends of all ages. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Milton, her son Ronnie, her brother Myrel, and sister Emma. Joyce is survived by her daughter and son in law Darlene and Wayne Hardcastle, her grandchildren Trevor and Natalie Hardcastle and Tara and Robert Norman, her great grand children Landon and Brogan Hardcastle, brothers and sisters Tom and Helen Sasselli and Roy and Virginia Schwabenland and many nieces and nephews. Joyce will be remembered as a caring, sassy women who loved her family and community deeply and took extreme pride in everything that she did.

The family would like to thank Barbara, Patsy, Michelle, Freda, and Carmen for all their love and care during Joyce's three years at the Manor House.

Visitation was held on Monday, November 19, 2012 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Miller Memorial Chapel, 134 W. Cypress Avenue in Woodlake, CA. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Miller Memorial Chapel, 134 W. Cypress Avenue in Woodlake, CA. Burial will be private. The family requests that remembrances be sent to Exeter Christian Services, 710 Lenox, Exeter, CA, 93221. Tributes and condolences may be made at Arrangement entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291 (559 )732-8371


  • Visitation Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Amelia "Joyce" Sasselli Baker

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November 22, 2012

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."

Velia Landin and Family

Craig Jackson

November 20, 2012

Joyce and Milt were my parents too. They were so great to our family and many others. A lot of my principals come from them. May God Bless you Joyce and welcome you into HIS kingdom to join Milt, Ronnie and my family. I wish I could be there today, but am there in thought. Love you all, your older brother

November 20, 2012

Death leaves sadness no one can heel...Love leaves memories no one can steal...
Our prayers are with you all.
Vicki & Rose Barrios

Amber Sandri

November 20, 2012

Darlene, Wayne, Trevor and Tara...We are so sorry for your loss but rejoice in knowing she is with God and Milton. Your family is in our continued prayers.
Amber Sandri & Kay Wright