Joyce Ellen Anderson, 72, of Mesa, died February 25, 2022 after a brief hospitalization for heart disease.
She was born in Colon, Nebraska, and moved to Mesa when she was in elementary school. Joyce’s early years on the farm in Nebraska lead her to develop a life-long love of animals, particularly Boston Terriers.
Joyce graduated from Mesa High School and Arizona State University. She was a beloved English teacher and department head for thirty years at Mesa Public Schools. She taught at Carson and Shepherd Junior Highs, and Red Mountain and Skyline High Schools. Teaching was her calling, and she will be remembered fondly by students and colleagues alike.
Joyce had aptitude for home decorating and took great pleasure in finding the perfect pieces. She loved to read, and kept up with the latest best-selling books. Her organizational skills were apparent both in her work and home lives.
At her request, there will be no memorial service. She was predeceased by her parents Rolland and Merle Anderson and her brother Larry. Her ashes will be interred at the Mesa Cemetery where her parents and brother are buried.