Joyce Marie Ray, age 85, of Atlantic Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on December 26, 2022.
Joyce was born on March 15, 1937, to parents Pearl A. Atkinson (Nolte) & Martin Nolte in Jacksonville, Fl. She and her parents soon welcomed her younger brother Jay Atkinson in 1939. Joyce graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1955. She moved to Jacksonville Beach after marrying, and eventually settled in Atlantic Beach where she raised her three beloved sons: Charles, Brett, and Darrell.
Joyce is preceded in death by her mother and father, Pearl and Martin Nolte, brother, Jay Atkinson and son, Brett Ray.
Joyce is survived by her sons: Charles (Chuck) Ray Jr. and Family (Barbara Ray, Dennis Severt and Courtney Ray-Musgrove); Layne Ray (Alexis Ray-Fromm); and Darrell Glenn Ray Sr. and Family (Darrell G. Ray, Jr.). Great Grandchildren include Bailey and Parker Severt; Abigail and Shosanna Ray; and Bennett Fromm.
Joyce loved her family deeply and introduced them to the Beach. Joyce enjoyed fishing, as well as spending time with her family and friends. Joyce was an avid gardener and birdwatcher. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and participated in the North Jacksonville Baptist Choir.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol at their website: bstp.net.
A visitation for Joyce will be held Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., to be immediately followed by a graveside memorial at Evergreen Cemetery, Funeral Home and Crematory, 4535 North Main Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206. Phone 904-353-3649.