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Joyce Louise Tacadena Graham
Birth: Mar. 6, 1933
Death: Apr. 6, 2011

Descended from Filipino, Irish and French immigrants, Joyce was born in Fresno, California on March 6, 1933. She was the oldest of five daughters born to Robert "Pop" Tacadena and Kathryne "Mo" Daley. A beautiful and gifted teenager, Joyce was Homecoming Queen, Head Cheerleader and Class President.

As a Red Cross volunteer, Joyce met the love of her life, Don Graham, at a blood drive and they were married April 4, 1953 in Reno, Nevada. It was the beginning of a beautiful love story filled with family and travel.

Joyce and Don spent their Navy years living in California, Guam, The Philippines, Thailand, Virginia, Florida and their beloved Ireland. Upon Don's naval retirement, they moved their three girls, Dawna, Denise and Derry, to Ocean Springs, MS. Joyce was the St. Alphonsus School secretary and later the church secretary.

Joyce's great love was her family. She planned and coordinated elaborate, month long family vacations, never missing any school or sporting events of her beloved grandchildren; Duncan, Dawna Michelle, Guttie, Ricky, Devon and Bridy. No words can express the joy she took in spending the past ten years with her almost constant companion helpmate and great-grandson Cameron. Her vision of the perfect family was further brightened with the arrival of her great-granddaughter, Linden Elizabeth.

Our MawMaw was a "mighty mouse" of a woman that left us a legacy of always striving for our best...and eating well along the way....

Additional information:
Joyce married Merle A. Haupt, son of Adam Haupt and Marion Pickering, in Fresno, CA on June 30, 1951. After a long separation their divorce was finalized April 4, 1953 and she married her soulmate, Donald Graham the same afternoon.

By Dawna Graham Westbrook


 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Alves Tacadena (1908 - 2004)
  Kathryne Louise Daley Tacadena (1914 - 1978)
 
 Spouses:
  Merle Adam Haupt (1931 - 2008)
  Donald Ray Graham (1929 - 2010)*
 
 Siblings:
  Joyce Louise Tacadena Graham (1933 - 2011)
  Janet Rose Tacadena Smith (1935 - 2009)*
  Roberta Mae Tacadena Bohannon (1938 - 1962)*
  Ruth Joan Tacadena (1942 - 1942)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Biloxi National Cemetery
Biloxi
Harrison County
Mississippi, USA
Plot: SECTION II SITE 89
 
Created by: Dawna Westbrook
Record added: Apr 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67976894
Joyce Louise <i>Tacadena</i> Graham
Added by: Dawna Westbrook
 
Joyce Louise <i>Tacadena</i> Graham
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Joyce Louise <i>Tacadena</i> Graham
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By the way, Momma, Dawna K is still picking on me.
- Derry
 Added: Apr. 6, 2017
Think of you every day. Wish you could see your family now.
- Derry
 Added: Apr. 6, 2017
Thinking of you on this day of such a sad memory, but you left us with so many happy ones also. Love you momma.
- Dawna Westbrook
 Added: Apr. 6, 2017
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