She and Russ were the first people to invite us over for dinner when we arrived in California eight years ago. Jill and I have remained in California largely because of the kindness and hospitality that Joyce and Russ and others like them have shown us from the beginning. She and her family started us down the path of planting ourselves deeply into this community and we are forever grateful to them for it.

Joyce was also one of the first people to believe in Mark Leonard Imaging. I was privileged to take her son’s senior portraits when I started the business, and honored to be given the opportunity to do a family session with them later that same year. Before Thanksgiving, Joyce spent time with Jill and me to help us do a better job of setting up the books for Mark Leonard Imaging. She was not only knowledgeable, but abundantly generous with her time and resources.

We grieve not for Joyce, because we know that she is in heaven in the presence of God through the grace of our savior, Jesus Christ. We grieve only for ourselves because this world has lost a beautiful person, a capable woman, and a kind-hearted friend. We will miss you.