Jones, Joyce Chrystie (nee: Andrews) long-time resident of Oakland Park, FL passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of June 14, 2021. Born Oct 5, 1922, in Bay Shore, NY, she moved to Oakland Park with her family when she was 17 years old.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Sidney Albert Jones, Jr (1922-1979), her son Richard Lawrence Jones (1949-2018), and brother Walter Edgar Andrews, Jr (1929-1981). She leaves behind her three sons, Sidney “Skip” Jones of Ohio, Harry “Bunky” Jones of Tennessee, Robert Jones of Palm Bay, FL, and daughter Cynthia Jones Emmerich of Spring Hill, FL. Joyce has 13 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Joyce grew up in Islip, NY and moved to Oakland Park, FL in the late 1930s. After moving to the area, she met Sidney, Jr. and married on June 10th, 1942; they had five children. She was a devout Christian (Episcopalian) and remained close to her faith throughout her life. She loved her country, the flag, and American history, and was quick to lean on history to help explain the present. She was also an archivist: she cataloged weather measurements and tracked Atlantic hurricanes for almost four decades. Most importantly, she was a wonderful, kind person with unexpected wit and a wise story to tell.
Joyce served her community in many capacities over the years. She was an Oakland Park Pioneer during Pioneer days, fulfilled PTA leadership roles, and served as a poll worker at her local voting precinct. She was even a plane spotter during World War II as part of the Aircraft Warning Service. Her husband, Sidney, owned an electronics and TV repair shop, which she helped run. She was also a licensed amateur radio operator, having received her technician’s license in the early 80s. Despite all these personal accomplishments, Joyce was incredibly humble and avoided the spotlight.
Joyce was a lifelong learner and encouraged everyone in her orbit to explore and discover what makes them curious. She encouraged her grandchildren to play and be kids while also guiding them to dream big. Much to her grandchildren’s delight, she drove a mail truck recreationally. Her nine-decade legacy includes too many wonderful memories to list. She was a special soul who will be forever missed by all who knew her and loved her.
Services and interment will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Central in Fort Lauderdale, FL on July 24th, 2021.