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 Joyce Christine <I>Dawson</I> Thorson

Joyce Christine Dawson Thorson

Birth
Dinuba, Tulare County, California, USA
Death 14 Jul 1981 (aged 62)
Hanford, Kings County, California, USA
Burial Chico, Butte County, California, USA
Memorial ID 8365601 · View Source
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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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  • Created by: Pat Conwell
  • Added: 8 Feb 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8365601
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joyce Christine Dawson Thorson (21 May 1919–14 Jul 1981), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8365601, citing Glen Oaks Memorial Park, Chico, Butte County, California, USA ; Maintained by Pat Conwell (contributor 24822769) .