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“Lorraine and I have been fortunate to have known Joyce for the past 8 years. To us she was one of the kindest, gentlest Persons we have ever known!...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Rich & Lorraine Mazzei - Kenosha,, WI

“Joyce was a big baseball fan, which was very cool in my book and her and I went to several major league and spring training games together. I always...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Jim Mazzei - Scottsdale, AZ

“I met Joyce and Bev after they first moved in down the street years earlier. Joyce had a quite and kind soul. She welcomed me like a daughter with...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Rachel Thornton - Phoenix, AZ

“My thoughts and prayers are for you as celebrate the life of your wonderful mom. The love and the memories you have shared fulfilled her life . I...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Gladys quince - friend of Bev

“Ma was just the best. She was funny, friendly, helpful, everything. I will miss her, alot. She was always there.... ”
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Joyce I. Maine, 84, born in Plankinton, SD on April 5, 1926, peacefully passed away with her family by her side on September 9, 2010. She joined her children Randy and Juanita Diaz, parents James and Caroline Maine, brothers Bob and Howard, and sister Gladys in Heaven.

She is survived by her twin sister Jeanne Seiders, of South Dakota, daughters Rita (Richard) Larios and Beverly Diaz, grandchildren Jason (Karlyn) Diaz, Antonia Chacon, Melody Diaz, Serafino Diaz-Mazzei and great grandson Jordan Chacon-Del Bosque.

Joyce moved to Phoenix in 1950 and was an RN for 42 years. "Ma" was a dedicated baseball fan of the Cubs and Diamondbacks. She loved fishing and traveling, though spending time with her loved ones brought her the most happiness. She touched the lives of many through her kindness and generosity whether it was a place to live, money for daily expenses, or a shoulder to lean on. She will be deeply missed, but always remembered by her loved ones in Arizona as well as many more in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Texas.

Visitation will be September 15, 2010 from 9:00-11:00 am at Greer Wilson Funeral Home, 5921 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85033. Services to follow 11:00-12:00 pm. She will be laid to rest at Greenwood Memory Lawn 2300 W. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85009.

A special thank you to all the staff at The Gardiner House who helped fill her last days with dignity, respect, and honor. Our family is forever thankful for all the compassion you showed us through this difficult time.

The family requests and donations be made to The Gardiner House 1522 W. Myrtle Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021