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June 04, 1928 — August 13, 2014
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Joyce was born in Mangum, Oklahoma to Omer and Irene Helvy. She passed away peacefully Wednesday morning at the age of 86.

Theola Joyce was raised on her family's farm in Granite, OK. She came to California in the early 1950s, after her marriage and the birth of her first daughter. Two additional daughters were born in California.

Joyce always had an interest in journalism and was active in that field for most of her life. She had careers in bookkeeping and real estate. Her curious mind kept her constantly busy with extensive reading and researching a variety of topics. She also enjoyed traveling, gardening, and making creative crafts.

Theola Joyce is survived by a sister, Sylvia Scott, of Mangum, Oklahoma; a sister, Muriel Martin, of McCallister, Oklahoma; daughter Amy Kileen of Bakersfield; daughter Andrea Reichert of Alameda; daughter, Annette O'Brien (John) of La Canada; and grandchildren Darcie (Nate), Donald (Laura), Morgan, Traci, and Brette.

A private service will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hoffmann Hospice, 8501 Brimhall Road, Building 100, Bakersfield, California 93312. For condolences please visit

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