Joyce Lawson Memorial Service


On Monday, October 31, 2016, Joyce Lawson graduated on from this life to meet her Savior. A memorial service was held November 12, 2016 at the Riverside Seventh Day Baptist Church in Riverside, CA. It was streamed live, and a recording is posted below. On behalf of all three sons (George, David, Richard) we want to pass along our sincerest thanks for ALL the cards and phone calls of support!

Pastor George Lawson

Note: Sadly, the audio of the hymns sung that afternoon (led by Tony Maddox and Joseph Scott) did not fare well in the edit. YouTube links for those songs are provided below the video.


Service Program (PDF)

In The Garden (YouTube)
The Old Rugged Cross (YouTube)
How Great Thou Art (YouTube)


In Sympathy

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I met Joyce in 1998 when I started attending South Albany Community Church in Oregon. We did the usual lunches together and became good friends. Then in 2000, I moved back to Fresno at which time we became email buddies. She was always wanting to know how the Fresno State Bulldogs were doing in football, so I was relegated to inform her each week the scores of every game and then she in turn would let Richard know the results. She unfortunately didn’t get the games in her area that were telecast on some of the sports networks on cable. If I for some reason forgot, I would get a phone call. Joyce was a very special friend and I am so glad that I will be reunited with her in heaven some day. She will be missed by all who love her. My prayers are with you, family. May you feel the Lord’s presence and peace.
In Christ’s love,
Jonna, California
posted 11/27/2016

I remember times were tough while we were growing up. While in grade school and 4H together, our parents ordered grain and the grain sacks had different patterns. It would take 2 sacks to make a dress. I will miss her!
Barbara, California
posted 11/24/16

Joyce was a grade ahead of my sister, Barbara, and I. I remember the school had Joyce act like a “big sister” to show me where my classes were. Now Joyce has gone to heaven … and I’m sure she will show me around again!
Margaretta, California
posted 11/24/16

Grandma was always investing in others, and I was just one of those many investments. Every conversation we had felt one-sided. She wanted to talk about me and what was important to me and what I was doing. She was always able to turn the conversation back to the disciplines of Christianity and how faith overlapped whatever we were talking about.

It felt like she was always bragging on my accomplishments. I felt they were small,definitely not newsworthy but she treated them as if they were deserving of being proclaimed to one and all. I remember when I won “best of show” at a small home school fair for a lemon meringue pie and she talked about it for years … I was over it a lot sooner than she was. And she was SO proud of my scripture memorization. She introduced me to church members in Oregon, and her email pen-pals, who all complimented me on it. I can definitely associate Grandma with “cheerleader”.

Towards the latter part of her life she grew more embarrassed about her earthly “acquisitions”. It is comforting to think however that she recently cashed in on those investments and is going to be rewarded in full for a servant’s job well done.

I guess my main point is that Grandma has a pretty neat legacy … and it’s growing. Every time we invest in others we are proclaiming the kingdom of heaven, a kingdom we now more fully comprehend because of Joyce Lawson’s life and impact!
Matthew Lawson, California
posted 11/14/16

“Grandma Joyce” treated us like family and we enjoyed her company and friendship! We will miss her greatly.
Chris, Kentucky
posted 11/14/16

Joyce always had a sweet smile and kind word for anyone that she came in contact with. Your family has so many beautiful memories and will continue to share them long after she’s gone!
Victoria, California
posted: 11/14/16

Although it was later in our lives, I’m so glad we finally met and got to know each other quite well. I know our lives have certainly been enriched by your smile, your compassion, and the kindness and love you’ve always shown others.
Janice & Bill, Texas
posted 11/13/16

I have so many memories of Joyce, many funny things as she enjoyed life, the Christian friends and family. I did give her more of her “Practical Pig” gifts. (As you know she was a collector!) She said she used to raise pot-bellied pigs and we enjoyed watching them race as the fair. Precious Joyce, I’ll see you in heaven some day. It will be a blessing to know all about the Scriptures from our many Bible studies together in church and in person! I hold you in my heart forever!
Lilly, Washington
posted 11/13/16