Farewell to Joyce Williams (1944-2013)

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Joyce Wliiams (1944-2013)Phoenix House lost a valued team member in September 2013.  Joyce Campbell Williams, born on August 1, 1944 in Detroit, MI, died on September 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles in 1961, she worked for R & G Sloane for over 20 years and for Phoenix House California for 18 years.

At Phoenix House Joyce became interested in community affairs and started volunteering and advocating for better communities. She served on the Pacoima Chamber of Commerce, was President of Lake View Terrace Improvement Association, and won many accolades and awards for her tireless dedication to serving the community she loved. It is through Joyce’s efforts that we were able to settle at our Lake View Terrace facility in 1994; she marshaled community support for what was initially a controversial project.  Our neighborhood is very welcoming and friendly to us these days, and we owe this transformation to Joyce Williams. The lovely farewell message below from one of our staff members is a testament to Joyce’s lasting legacy.

Farewell, Our Friend.

It was beautiful as long as it lasted.  Joyce was the strong arms that held many of us when our own strength let us down. At every turn in our lives she came across as a good friend, friend who stood by us, even when the time raced by.

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend or a meaningful day. Our friendship and collaboration with Joyce during her18 years at Phoenix House were highly meaningful. While Joyce’s managerial talents were always appreciated, her 18 years of contributions to Phoenix House were truly well above and beyond expectations. Even more importantly, her supportive efforts reached each employee in the entire California Region as they worked together.

Joyce touched many lives of Phoenix House’s employees and clients, through her role as the purchasing and warehouse manager, as well as through her intensive support to Phoenix House during her involvement in the community. We are immensely grateful for all she was and did for us.

Let us, in Joyce’s memory, celebrate the happiness that friends and friendships give, make every day a holiday and celebrate life itself! Farewell, farewell our friend… We smile and bid you goodbye.

       ~ Aracely Mayoral, Controller

On September 27, 2013, Los Angeles City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes paid tribute to Joyce Williams in the Chambers of Los Angeles City Council. The tribute was recorded and broadcast on the City Channel.

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