Muriel ‘Joyce’ Davis

Muriel “Joyce” Davis died April 22, 2018.

She was born in Hanna, Okla., on Feb. 29, 1932, to Thomas and Lois Wells. She was the fifth of eight children. She moved with her family to Selma in 1940 and graduated from Selma High School in 1949.

After graduation, she attended Reedley College. Joyce married the love of her life, Oscar Lee “Dave” Davis, on Feb. 22, 1951, in Selma. Dave Davis served in the U.S. Navy, and in January 1952 the couple were stationed at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake, where they made their home, raised their four children and lived out their lives.

Joyce was a homemaker while her children were young, then later worked as a secretary for Sierra Sands Unified School District, where she is remembered for her tenure at Burroughs High School as secretary to the director of activities.

In 1978 Joyce opened Joyce’s Antiques in Inyokern. Her love for antiques and people helped her flourish in a business that spanned 40 years. She loved her antiques, but Oscar “Dave” was always her first and forever love. She devoted her life to loving her family.

Throughout her life Joyce loved her Lord, Jesus Christ, and she peacefully passed from this life into the arms of Jesus. Prayer, scripture and hymns of praise embraced her life through all the love and loss, as her Lord embraces her now in eternal life.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Oscar Davis; her son David Davis; and her parents, Tom and Lois Wells, as well as three brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her three daughters, Brenda (Michael) Gilbert of Ridgecrest, Shari (Ross) Davidson, of Ridgecrestand Glenda (Eric) Godshall of Bedford, N.H. She is also survived by her special loves, her grandchildren Tara (Ron) Gilchrist, Christina (Sean) Cassidy, Joni (Matt) Bender, Jonathan (Nikki) McQuiston, Bradlee (Robin) Davis, Kimberly Davidson, Katie (Steven) Jacobs, James (Serina) Davidson, Jessica (Jennifer) Frankel, Pamala Parsons, Kara Schoen, Eddie Brann and Brandon (Amanda) Gilchrist, as well as 14 great-grandchildren. Joyce is also survived by her two sisters, Annette Schneider of Selma, Calif., and Betty Jo Lawless of Bakersfield. More survivors are her many nieces and nephews and and many adored friends, who filled her life with joy.

A celebration of life service will be held at her beloved Immanuel Baptist Church Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Missions Ministry at Immanuel Baptist Church, something very close to her heart.

Arrangements are by Pastor Bill Logan, Immanuel Baptist Church and Holland & Lyons Mortuary.

— Submitted by loved ones of Joyce Davis

Story First Published: 2018-05-18