Born: January 09, 1931
Died: November 14, 2011
Joyce Irene “Gramma Joyce” Arthur, age 80 of Pine Grove, CA passed away Monday November 14,2011 in Jackson, CA of natural causes.
Born January 9,1931 in Oakland, CA to Floyd Helmer and Ruby Irena (Harlan) Olson, Joyce grew up in Richmond, CA and attended El Cerrito High School and Grand Avenue Alliance Church where she met lifelong friend Barbara Olstead. Joyce also attended Western Bible College where she finished three years of school in one year.
Joyce worked a number of different jobs, but gained the most pleasure from antiquing and teaching others the joy of knitting at her shop, Joy’s Yarn, for the past 20 years. She lived in various parts of California, but considered Amador County her home for the past 41 years.
She knitted for part of almost every day of her life, learning from her grandmother at age three. Joyce was always active within her church body, praying for others, singing in the church choir, serving on deaconess boards, and using her talents in the kitchen to feed numerous groups who visited the church. Her motto to those she fed, “If you haven’t had enough to eat, it’s your own fault”! Joyce was also known for her collection of bee figurines and pins. She loved to explain the reason she always wore a her bee pins from a lesson she learned from Thelma Wells at a Women Of Faith conference which is: Be aware of who you are, Eliminate the negatives, Strive for Eternal Value and have overwhelming Success. She will always be remembered for a quirky sense of humor as well as a razor sharp wit.
Joyce is survived by son David Henningsen and wife Bettye of Pioneer, CA, son Andrew Henningsen of Jackson, CA and son James Stover of Tucson, AZ. Joyce is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, “adoptive grandchildren” of all ages and many loving friends.
She is preceded in death by husband Leonard (Gene) Arthur in July of 1989, son Donald Henningsen in May of 2004 and daughter Joyce Ann Stover in October of 1962.
A memorial service will be held Sunday November 20,2011 at 3 PM at Mt Zion Assembly of God in Pine Grove, CA. Interment will be private. Daneri’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Call Mt Zion Assembly of God for more information.