Joyce was born on Feb. 18, 1928, to parents Pearl A. Young and Marie D. Messer Young, in Warren, Ariz. She entered into rest on June 14, 2019.

Joyce was the youngest of nine brothers and sisters. She attended school from elementary all the way through high school in San Fernando, Calif. She married Ray E. Bowers Sr. in 1945, and together they had two children, Ray E. Bower Jr. and Ann L. Bowers Stone, both of whom passed away in 1974. She had one granddaughter, Tammy Bowers Lawson, and three great-granddaughters, Paige M. Gee, Courtney A. Gee and Morgan L. Potter.

In 1969, Joyce married Kenneth W. Burton, who later passed away in 2001. She worked as a secretary and receptionist for the Community Congregational Church in Tehachapi. She was very involved in her church, serving the Lord as trustee, deacon and schoolteacher. She also was a volunteer at The Hospital Guild for 25 years, as well as a member of the Eastern Star, Grey Lady in Spokane, WA, P.T.A. Den Mother, Blue Bird Leader, and Room Mother. Some of her hobbies were sewing, gardening, bowling, and caring for animal friends.

Wood Family Funeral Service was entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit

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