A memorial celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pope Beach for Joyce Alexander who passed away July 10, 2005, from complications of stroke. She will be deeply missed by her many friends and loving family.
She was born Joyce Ruth Johnson in Denver, Colo., Dec. 24, 1929. She was raised in Denver and attended South High and the University of Colorado. She met Everett Alexander and they married in 1951. They were married for 54 years. In the mid-1950s they moved to the San Francisco Bay area where they raised their family.
Many family vacations were spent in the Sierra, and Joyce and Ev finally decided to move to Lake Tahoe.
Joyce was already an accomplished artist but always wanted to learn more, so she became very involved in Lake Tahoe Community College. She took as many art classes as possible and also worked as a teacher’s assistant in the chemistry lab. She was always excited to try different art mediums and produced pieces in watercolor, oil, acrylics, printmaking and her favorite field – sculpture. She also worked with the Tahoe Tallac Association, organizing the art shows at Valhalla. Joyce contributed paintings to the LTCC Foundation for the art auctions, and has a painting at the “Footprints” baby area at Barton Hospital.
Creativity was her passion and the joy she had for life was apparent to anyone who met her. She loved living in Tahoe and set out each day with glowing optimism and her radiant smile. A retrospective of Joyce’s art work will be on display at LTCC from Oct. 29 until Dec. 7.
She is survived by her husband Everett, who will continue to reside in South Lake Tahoe; her three sons, Erich, Jon and Brent and their families, and two grandsons, Shane and Troy.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Joyce’s memory to support her love of the arts can be made to the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation, One College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.
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