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Joyce Wilson

February 1, 1959 ~ February 12, 2022 (age 63)


Joyce Elaine Wilson was born to her parents Marian-Marion Silk and Eddie Mattox in San Francisco, California on February 1, 1959. 

Joyce’s mother originated from Port Arthur , Texas but came to San Francisco after graduating and turning 18 years old. Her father  also migrating from Texas met her mother in the Fillmore area a common location for African Americans that migrated from the south. Eventually they began the creation of their foundation with the birth of Joyce’s older sisters Nyona, Jewls, and Helena. With three daughters Joyce would be the 4th daughter of the union with her youngest sister Janet concluding it. 

Joyce being raised in a church grew to be a faithful Christian. Baptized at 7 years old, Joyce gave her life to the lord at a young age. She accepted him as her savor and always had faith in his guidance. For as long as she walked this earth Joyce walked with her head held high and god in heart. She grew up attending the Philadelphian Seventh Day Adventist Church located in San Francisco. Her family has attended this church since before her time. For 5 generations they have been proud members of Seventh Day Adventist and still till this day.

While growing up in San Francisco California Joyce attended many schools in the district but spent most of her childhood years attending Lafayette elementary school. In 1970 Joyce relocated with her mother and sisters to Oakland, CA were she started Jr High at James Madison Middle School. In 1973 Joyce’s mother purchased a home in San Mateo, CA which lead to her enrolling in Aragon High School in San Mateo. She attended Aragon for about 2 years until moving back to San Francisco in the middle of her 10th grade year. Despite the fact of having to repeat 10th grade because of the move Joyce still managed to graduate James Adams High School Class of 1979. Her hobbies consisted of swimming and running track in her high school days. She never felt more free than she did when she was in the water. By this time Joyce had already met her significant other and given birth to her first child La’Quetta in 1977. With support of her family Joyce decided to further her education by studying at City College of San Francisco for business.

With her certification in business Joyce spent most of her 20s working as a secretary for a insurance company. She loved what she did and took pride in her job. She had exceptional penmanship very efficient she was well known for her gracious and flawless signature. Joyce was such a bright individual an exceeded in skills like typing she could type 90 words per minute. In her younger days Joyce also spent some time managing the Ellis Street Apartments with the help of her sisters. This was something that their father Eddie Mattox left to them in their inheritance.

After Joyce being a relationship for 8 years and having her second child Eboni in 1980 at age 23 Joyce officially married her significant other. Joyce married Rickey Wilson on July 2nd 1982 and moved to San Jose CA. Joyce and Rickey stood by each other’s side for 47 blissful years and were married for 39 of those years. Sometime after having their third child Christine in 1989 the couple found themselves in Sacramento CA. There she had her youngest daughter Latasha in 1994 and her only son Rickey Wilson Jr in 1996. When Joyce’s son was released from the hospital with medical complications she dedicated her life to being the best mother and even better nurse to him. There was nothing she was more proud of then finally having her baby boy. 

Joyce was the kindest person you could ever come across and did it so effortlessly a true nurturer by nature. Her spirit was so pure and her smile was contagious. She had a smile that could brighten the darkest room and her heart held nothing but unconditional love . She had such a forgiving and understanding soul she always found something to be thankful for no matter the situation. Despite anything she had endured in life she never let it affect her personality. She was a gentle woman very generous she would give you the shirt off her back. No matter your character she always treated people with the same level of respect. She put others needs before her own without question especially her children. No matter how old they got she made it her mission in life to do whatever she could just to see them happy. Joyce was a very compassionate and loving individual. She loved them more then she loved herself because that is the type of person she was. She was the true definition of selflessness. She was an amazing mother, a dedicated wife, a courageous auntie, a caring grandmother, a loving great grandmother, a humble cousin and a loyal friend. Joyce was many things now we can add “at peace”to that list. 

On February 12, 2022 Joyce was proceeded in death by her father Eddie Mattox , her mother Marian-Marion Silk, and her husband Rickey Wilson. Joyce Wilson leaves her love and cherished memories to her CHILDREN: La’Quetta Shante Wilson, Eboni Shenaye Wilson, Christine Elaine Wilson, La’Tasha Nicole Wilson and Rickey Dayshawn Wilson Jr. GRANDCHILDREN: Kenya Marion Smith, Lionell Di’John Gillespie, La’Hante Hakeem Gillespie, La’Darious Jai’Marion Wilson, and La’Shad Ty’Jae Gillespie. GREAT GRANDCHILDREN: Ka’milo Armani Davis, Le’Siah Za’Liah Gillespie, and Kalaya A’Yianna Davis. SISTERS : Nyona Graves, Jewls Patrice Means, Helena Bourgeois, and Janet Kent.






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Funeral Service
February 25, 2022

11:00 AM
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
1633 Central Ave
Ceres, CA 95307

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