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By Greg Dunne


May 12, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Joyce Elizabeth Dunne, who taught school for many years in La Mesa and Lemon Grove schools, passed away on FridayMay 4th in Waco, Texas with her daughter Shannon at her side.  Beloved by all who knew her, she will live in our hearts forever.  She is survived by her brother: Donnie, four children: Greg, Grant, Guy and Shannon, and her six Grandchildren.


Joyce was born July 12, 1932 on a farm in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. In 1954 she graduated from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with a teaching credential and obtained her master’s degree from San Diego State University College of Education in 1990. She was married in 1955 to Aubrey Dunne, and they moved San Diego,California in 1958. She divorced in 1975 and continued to live on Tommy Drive in San Diego until she relocated to Waco in 2003 to be close to her daughter.


Joyce was a loving, tolerant and forgiving parent,raising four teen-agers in the 1970’s during a turbulent time of increasing political awareness and the continued fight for equality for womenIn addition to her dedication and devotion to raising her children, her passions were music, playing the piano and her vocation of being a kindergartenteacher. She spent most of her career working at Briar Patch Elementary School and Lemon Avenue Elementary School in La Mesa and retired in 1996.  She loved her school kids and did her utmost to provide them each with a solid foundation in their formative years.


She was active in the San Carlos Methodist church, in addition to being the Sunday school teacher at her church she always volunteered to play piano. Along with the piano she was proficient with the Clarinet, Flute and Organ. She loved life, her family, friends and students. She had the kindest heart and we will miss her. 


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