Joyce I. Foster

Passed away on
April 2, 2023
Joyce Foster, the only child of Elizabeth and Henry Foster, was born on Feb 3rd, 1948 in New York City, NY. She graduated from Fashion Industries High School, NY in 1966 where she majored in Fashion Design. Joyce was multi-talented and creative and excelled in fashion design. She was a trendsetter when it came to fashion and style. She took modeling classes at Ophelia Devore Modeling School in New York, with aspirations of becoming a runway model. After graduation, Joyce was employed by J Walter Thompson Advertising Company in Manhattan as an Executive Secretary. The highlight and love of Joyce’s life were her two children, Sean and Monique. Joyce loved to travel, and often reminisced about her exciting overseas trip to Germany in the 1970s. Prior to relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, Joyce was employed with John Wiley & Sons Publishing Co as an Executive Assistant/Proof Reader.  Joyce was very adventuresome and always seeking to broaden her horizons thru travel. During her lifetime, she traveled, lived, and worked in several states; Georgia, Tennessee, California, Texas, and Arizona, and visited Hawaii during the pandemic. Her exceptional office skills made it easy for her to always find top-notch employment positions. In the early 2000s, Joyce convinced her mother and brother to permanently relocate from New York to Houston, TX to be near her daughter and grandchildren. After 5 years as an Executive Assistant at Greater Houston Visitors Bureau, Joyce took early retirement to care for her elderly mother, Betty, whom she often referred to as her “Best Friend”. In 2018, Joyce relocated to Glendale, AZ., and in her spare time, she embraced social media, reading, crafting soft sculpting dolls, and creating hand- sewed quilts; a skill she acquired from her grandmother. Joyce was an advocate of healthy living, and conscientious about her intake of natural food, weight management, and herbal supplements. She was a staunch proponent of the human body’s ability to heal itself through affirmations and the release of toxic substances. An excellent writer, she was encouraged by others to become a blogger. One of her driving passions in life was sharing the beneficial contributions of her distant relative, Henrietta Lacks’ HE-LA cells with family and friends. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and son Sean Foster.  On April 2, 2023, Joyce was called home to her eternal rest at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, in Glendale, AZ. She leaves to cherish her memories, her daughter Monique Foster-Turpin, grandchildren; Meagan Turpin and Mathew Turpin, daughter-law Dana Turpin, great-grandchildren; Michelle Turpin and Malakai Turpin, and a host of cousins and friends. She will be interned at Saint Matthews Baptist Church Cemetery, in Clover, VA on September 16, 2023.