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Joyce Christine Dawson Thorson
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Birth: May 21, 1919
Dinuba
Tulare County
California, USA
Death: Jul. 14, 1981
Hanford
Kings County
California, USA

Joyce was the fifth of seven children born to Clinton and Ethel Dawson. Her family came from Kentucky, having moved to Tulare County five years before her birth. They lived in a rural area of the county, where her father earned a living digging ditches, and her mother worked seasonally in the packing sheds. Joyce cared for her younger siblings while her mother worked, until she was old enough to join her mother and add her earnings to the family's income. She married Vernon LeRoy Thorson in 1943, and raised three children, Philip, Patricia and Kay. She always emphasized hard work and education for her children, and instilled in them values which helped them become successful adults. She cooked wonderful Thanksgiving dinners, played a mean game of Rook, and could grow anything. Her death from lung cancer after a lifelong smoking habit diminished the lives of those who knew and loved her. She is still greatly missed. 
 
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 Parents:
  Clinton Buto Dawson (1875 - 1951)
  Ethel Downey Dawson (1891 - 1969)
 
 Spouse:
  Vernon LeRoy Thorson (1918 - 2003)*
 
 Children:
  Kay Lorraine Thorson Pulliam (1951 - 2007)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mendos Dawson (1909 - 1923)*
  Euzell Dawson (1912 - 1996)*
  Nadine Bernus Dawson Winters (1914 - 1980)*
  Joyce Christine Dawson Thorson (1919 - 1981)
  Downey Dawson (1922 - 2001)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Glen Oaks Memorial Park
Chico
Butte County
California, USA
 
Created by: Pat Conwell
Record added: Feb 08, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8365601
Joyce Christine <i>Dawson</i> Thorson
Added by: Pat Conwell
 
Joyce Christine <i>Dawson</i> Thorson
Added by: Pat Conwell
 
Joyce Christine <i>Dawson</i> Thorson
Added by: Pat Conwell
 
 
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