Joyce Vanetta Williams, affectionately known to all as “Aunt Joyce”, was born on August 6, 1930 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies to Vilda Brice and Ansel Shaw. She attended Gurneys Mount Primary School. Following graduation, she gained employment at the Post Office.
She excelled at work and was quickly promoted to Births and Deaths Registrar’. With this promotion, she led the training program for other postal workers throughout Parrish of Hanover.
She met and married Robert Williams in Jamaica and they later moved to the United States where they resided in Chicago, Illinois.
Joyce worked for a family in Chicago taking care of their two sons until they matured. She later worked with the Diedrichs' family as a caretaker for several years. She has remained a lifelong friend of the family.
When her own mother needed care, she moved to Atlanta to join her sister Jean and family. Joyce and Jean shared in the responsibility of the care of their mother, Vilda Brice until her passing in May 1996. She then decided to remain in Georgia to make this her home.
Joyce was the family historian and the go-to person if you had a question about anyone in the family. Her mind and memory were sharp until the end.
She loved exercising her mind, and had a passion for puzzles. Candy Crush, Mahjong, and Wordscapes were all loaded on her iPhone. Her favorite was Cryptograms and she would finish a book of hundreds of Cryptograms in a few weeks.
She was a talented seamstress, making bridal and wedding gowns. She also crocheted, making many intricate doilies.
Joyce was also known for her baking skills and her banana bread was renowned. Anyone who came to visit her would leave with a little brown bag with a piece of banana bread wrapped with love.
She was steadfast in her faith and read and studied the Bible daily. Her Personal Mantra was "I am at peace and have no worries."
Her personality was of an open and loving person. She was never a stranger to anyone. All who met her, loved her from the start.
She went to sleep in the Lord on June 7,2023; loving memories will always remain in our hearts for her.
She is survived by her son, Michael, grandson, Michael, sisters Jean and Dorothy, brother Lloyd, her beloved nieces and nephews, god-daughter, and extended family and loved ones.