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Helen (Naylon) Joyce

December 4, 1925 ~ September 18, 2019 (age 93)


Helen M. Naylon Joyce, 93, died Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in Southmont of Presbyterian Senior Care, Washington, PA.

She was born in Huntington, West Virginia on December 4, 1925, a daughter of the late James L. and Allie A. Naylon.

Mrs. Joyce was a longtime resident of North Padre Island, TX.

She was a graduate of Trinity High School, Washington, PA, where she was crowned May Queen in 1944.

Mrs. Joyce then continued her education at Penn Commercial Business School, earning an Associate Degree and then worked as a legal secretary at the Washington County Courthouse. She then moved to Washington, D.C. where she continued her career as a legal secretary.

It was in Washington, D.C. that she met the love of her life, Col. John P. Joyce. They married February 19, 1955 and spent 61 years together until his passing February 28, 2016. Helen was very supportive of her husband and his career. As a Colonel, they traveled the world together. Helen continued her career as legal secretary with the US Office of Personnel Management Civil Service System, working around the world. They finally retired in 1975 and permanently moved to North Padre Island at Island House where they had vacationed for many years.

Helen enjoyed playing bridge, mahjongg, golf and enjoyed living the Island Life for 41 years. They were members of St. Andrew by the Sea Catholic Church.             

Surviving are several nieces and nephews, including niece Kathy Devore (Bob) of Washington.

All services will be held in Corpus Christi, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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