Joyce Lois (Hansen) Windham, long-time resident of Napa and Los Altos/Mt. View, CA, passed away January 27, 2020, after a brief hospitalization, where she was surrounded by family. Joyce was born in 1933 to Clara (Mueller) and Hans Lenhardt Hansen who resided in Villa Park, Illinois, the youngest of three children. Joyce excelled academically, graduating from Oak Park High School with honors and a scholarship to the University of Denver. There she pledged Kappa Delta sorority and met her future husband of 51 years, Edwin O. Windham. Joyce left college to get married and start a home for Ed to come back to after serving in the Army in Korea, in Berkeley, CA. Joyce and Ed’s first two children, Gayle Claire and Jeffrey Lind, were born while they still lived in the Berkeley/Richmond area. Joyce and Ed moved their young family to Puerto Rico when Ed accepted a placement with Arthur Anderson & Co. and Glenn Kirby, was born there.
Returning to the San Francisco Bay area after five years, Joyce and Ed raised their family in Los Altos and later Mt. View. The family spent many happy times with their motor boat water skiing or fishing in N. CA lakes and San Diego. Joyce was always very involved with the children’s education and set an example volunteering, with some favorite organizations including the League of Women Voters, Welcome Wagon, PTA, and always the Lutheran church, which was Immanuel in Los Altos. She was active in the local and the Pacific Southwest Women's groups, developing many long-time friendships. Joyce also worked for the U.S. census as a supervisor for several years. After the children were grown, Ed began his work with wineries and so started Joyce’s thirty years’ residence in Napa. Joyce enjoyed the Napa Valley Symphony, and with Ed, was active in the fund-raising league, and relished being a docent at Copia. They were regular members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Napa), where Joyce again volunteered in several capacities. Joyce was very involved in her grand-children’s lives, baby-sitting, attending recitals and school events, or hosting kids at her home in the summer. Joyce also loved her dogs, always having one at home. She spent her last few years at the Springs Retirement Community in Napa and then at All about Seniors, back in the south bay. Joyce is survived by her children, Gayle, Jeff, and Glenn, her daughter in-law, Tamara; her 5 grandchildren, Maren, Ashley, Kristen, Jeffrey and Alison Joyce; as well as one great-grandchild, Chance. We trust Joyce has rejoined Ed in spirit and will rejoin him physically at the Tulocay Cemetery in Napa. A Celebration of her life will be held at the Napa Valley Lutheran Church on Feb. 23rd with a service at 2 pm, followed by a reception (1796 Elm St., Napa). If you wish to make donations in her name, please consider the Humane Society or League of Women Voters.