Joyce Dianne David, 57, of Elburn, died suddenly on July 18. In an instant she was gone, but she will never be forgotten. Her memories live on in those who loved her as a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.
She was born Dec. 15, 1954, in Perry, Okla., where she lived the first few years of her life. At the age of three, Joyce’s family moved to Batavia, where she attended local schools. In 1969, her family moved once again to Wynet, Ill., where she continued her education and later graduated from Wynet High School with the class of 1973.
Joyce returned to Geneva in 1974 and began her 38-year career at Delnor-Community Hospital, where she worked as a coordinator of nutrition services and room service manager.
On Oct. 14, 1978, Joyce married the love of her life, John David, and they began their life together. Over the years, they lived in Geneva and St. Charles. In 1989, they became permanent residents in Elburn, where Joyce and her family would call home for the years to come.
Joyce was a third-generation member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Batavia. She was a strong Christian woman and shared her belief with all she knew. She especially shared her beliefs and values with her children, who then became the fourth-generation members at the church.
Joyce loved to sew. She loved creating special outfits for her daughter over the years, and later, for her granddaughters. You often found her out in the garden enjoying the outdoors. If she wasn’t sewing or tending to the garden, you could find her in the kitchen. She enjoyed cooking so much her kitchen was named “Joyce’s Kitchen” by all those who had the opportunity to have one of her home-cooked meals. Joyce invited anyone who came through her door to grab a plate.
Joyce had a special interest in racing that spanned over a 30-year period. Her interest began when she would change tires for her husband, and later she supported her son. Although she had many interests in life, the most important thing to her was her family. Her most loved name was “Grandma.” You often found Joyce taking her granddaughters on many adventures, including parks and pumpkin patches, and she loved every minute of it. She was a selfless woman who gave to all and never had the heart to say “no.”
She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, John David; two children, J.C. David and
Alicia (Paul) Potvin; three grandchildren, Hannah, Morgan and Gianna; two siblings, Cindy (Charlie) Griffiths and Richard Thiele; her parents, Paul Thiele and Charmaine Myers; many nieces and nephews and a community of friends.
The family hosted a memorial service on July 23 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road, Batavia. Rev. Ronald Weidler, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed the service at River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Joyce David Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.