Marcella Joyce Beck was born March 10, 1933 to Archie and Edith Harding in Raymond, WA. She had 2 older siblings, Aubrey and Charlotte. At a young age their father went to a sanitarium and their mother left all 3 children with relatives. Sometime later her mother married and had 2 daughters, Marcia and Connie. When Joyce was about 8 years old she and her older siblings were adopted by Stan and Nellie McFadden, their aunt and uncle, and moved to Lodi, CA. She graduated from Lodi high school and moved to San Francisco to work at the Christian Science Benevolent. It was in San Francisco that she met and married John Raymond.
John and Joyce moved to Hollywood. They had 2 children, Scott and Joyce Ann. Joyce worked for the phone company and the Bank of Hollywood where she was trained on a special machine to handle the accounts for Howard Hughes. Later they were divorced and Joyce moved to San Jose with Scott and Joyce Ann.
In San Jose she met Bill Beck. They had a son, John Piccolo, who was given up for adoption at birth. Two years later Joyce gave birth to twins, David Beck, and another baby that died at birth. She and Bill were eventually married for a short time.
Joyce enjoyed writing, crocheting, singing, and playing the keyboard. Joyce moved to Apple Valley Residence in 2018. At Christmas 2020, her son David gave his grandson Jaxon an electronic lap keyboard and Joyce’s eyes lit up. She got up from her chair and went over to try it out! Then she told David “I want one of those”. Her roommate Nicki, at Apple Valley, would tell us that Joyce would often break out singing. Sometimes she would wake up in the middle of the night to hear Joyce singing worship songs.
Sometime in the mid 1960’s Joyce became a Christian. When David was about 13 the two of them moved to Woodland California so Joyce could go to Bible College. It was this training that prepared her to go to Ghana as a missionary. In the early 80’s Joyce spent approximately 3 years total over the course of two separate trips in and around Accra, Ghana. Joyce made this missionary trip by faith, only being supported by a few family members and friends. While there she had many opportunities to preach, teach, counsel, and minster to women. This experience was life changing!
Upon returning to the United States, she established His Joy Christian Evangelism through which she helped provide resources and written materials to churches in need in Ghana. Joyce spent the last 20 years of her life in Junction City, Oregon and then Emmett, Idaho where she moved to be closer to family.
From the time she became a Christian and throughout the remainder of her life, Joyce lived a simple life of serving Jesus with faith and trust that God would provide for all of her needs. Her earnest desire was for others to know the God who loved her and cared for her so faithfully. Her lasting legacy is her example of a life lived out in faith as well as her children: Scott, Joyce Anne, John, and David; her grandchildren: Chris, Jamie, Amie, Justin, David, Sean, Tenielle, Megan, Joseph, Andrew, Mia, and Chloe; and her great grandchildren: Isabella, Camille, McKennah, Jude, Ellie, Riley, Tyler, Zachary, Evie, Aaron, Ellena, Avery, Jaxon, Callie, Grayson, Evanny, and baby McCormick.
“But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children.” Psalm 103:17
Memorial graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the Emmett Cemetery.
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