On October 18, 2020, Joyce Porter, a loving mother of two children, and a fabulous grandmother of four, passed away at age 68 after a courageous battle with Glioblastoma. Joyce was born on November 09, 1951, in Concord, California to Fred and Dora (Hansen) Porter.
Joyce spent 35 years working in the medical field. Along with managing a variety of medical offices, including Stanford’s prestigious Oncology Center, she worked as an Operating Room Technician, and most recently, as the manager of McKay Realty.
Joyce had a passion for music. Along with sharing her beautiful voice with others, she spent decades teaching others how to play the piano. She was an accomplished choir director, who not only led many church choirs, but was also asked by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to lead a choir for a Regional Conference that was attended by President Ezra Taft Benson, who was the prophet of the church at that time. Joyce was known for her quick wit, infectious smile, and compassionate spirit.
Joyce was preceded in death by both of her parents. She is survived by her children, Wendy (Nick) Toale, and Katie (Del) Mecham; three siblings, Barbara (Ron) Conner, Janet (Jim) Buckley, and Daniel (Mary) Porter, along with four grandchildren, Tyler, Kylieann, Ethan, and Brandon, whom she loved with all her heart. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building found at 8137 South Echo View Drive, West Jordan, Utah. Services will be held in person and streamed live online using the following link: https://youtu.be/VDcvraIngsE. They will begin at 1PM.
Wendy and Katie, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mother and I shared many good times. We were roommates for two years. We both met our husbands the same day. Her at a fireside at Stanford and me at a fireside in San Jose. We stayed up way too late that Sunday night talking about these guys. We got engaged, helped each other plan weddings, sang at church meetings, wedding receptions and all the time around the house. We laughed together, cried together and callEd one another, even after months of silence, and picked up where we left off. She was the sister I never had. I find peace knowing that we will see each other again. She loved you girls with all her heart and family was everything to her. Treasure your memories, laugh, cry and know she is now your guardian angel. Hugs
Our love and prayers to you and your FaMiLy. Joyce was a wonderful neighbor and friend. She was so proud of her family and talked about your accomplishments and the joy you all brought into her life..She was so talented and giving with an infectious sMiLe. She will be missed by many.
May you all find peace and comfort at this tender time.
We went to the College Branch with Joyce. She inspired us many Sundays with her music. She was fun, kind, and out going. We are very sorry to hear of her passing. At our last college reunion many of us ended up at her town house and she provided pizza for all that attended. She will be greatly missed.
Robert and Nancy Beattie
I will miss Aunt Joyce. Her musical talents (yes, plural—piano, guitar, voice) are my fondest memories, especially at Christmas, when we would get together as a family and sing Christmas songs.
Thank you, Aunt Joyce, for the love and joy you brought to my life and so many others.
Joyce, this isn’t how we planned our retirement years. I miss you and think your a terrific person. So glad I got to spend time with you here at Crescent Heights. I’m sad your gone, but I know your in a better place.
It is with sympathy to the family of Joyce Sealund Porter that I send my condolences at her passing. She blessed our family more than she ever knew. She is a talented and fun lady who brightened our spirits and encouraged us in our musical efforts. I pray for Joyce's family to be Comforted. Love, Anne Flood and family
Joyce is my sister. While we were growing, she and I were as close as a brother and sister could be. When I needed help with a couple of the neighborhood bullies, Joyce was there standing by me. She was a couple years ahead of me in school so I had to follow in her footsteps musically and that was a major task. Joyce was an accomplished vocalist with an ear for harmony second to none. It was a treat to listen to her sing. Her beautiful alto voice allowed her to perform professionally when she was living in San Jose. Her grace and beauty is reflected in her beautiful daughters Wendy and Katie. She always loved her daughters and was always proud of them. They are her joy and heart. She’s gone too early. I will miss her until we meet again.