Joyce Ann (Riley) Woessner

December 12, 1926 — January 10, 2016

Joyce Ann (Riley) Woessner, 89, of Bakersfield, CA, passed away on January 10, 2016, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Joyce was born in Southgate Los Angeles to Lee and Hazel Riley on December 12, 1926. She graduated from Kern County Union High School (BHS) in 1944.

At the end of World War II, Joyce boarded a train in Bakersfield and traveled to Chicago, Illinois to marry her high school sweetheart, Richard “Dick” Woessner, who was serving in the Army Air Corp. They were married for 65 years.

In 1957, Joyce and Dick joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Los Angeles Temple where they were married for all time and eternity.

After having her family, Joyce worked for a time as office manager at Manor Medical in Oildale. She also worked for the Kern County Sherriff’s Department at the Lerdo Facility for several years as part of the office staff.

She enjoyed collecting antiques, traveling, and being with family. She loved to dance, sing and listen to big band and Dixieland music. She was gifted with a beautiful voice and sang for many years with Sweet Adelines. She also sang frequently at the Airport Skyway House accompanied by Bill Woods.

Joyce is survived by three sons and their wives: Michael & Tanya, Matthew & Gerri, and Mitchell &Robin. She is also survived by two younger sisters, Joan Choate and Jennie Bryant, 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband Richard, son Mark, her parents Lee and Hazel Riley, brother-in-law Phil Bryant and Dana Chase and sister-in-law Jean Chase.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at St. Anthony’s Home and Hoffman Hospice, for the wonderful and loving care that they showed our mother during her illness. A private family service will be held.
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