Joyce Arian Taylor
1933 - 2021
Joyce Arian Taylor

Joyce Arian Taylor passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021. A strong, resilient woman, Joyce was unable to fight off COVID-19 and bilateral pneumonia.

Born in Taylorville, Illinois on September 22, 1933, Joyce and her family—father Alexander Joseph, mother Violet Ravola and brother Joseph William—packed all of their belongings into a Model T and travelled across the United States to settle in Southern California. Joyce graduated from Long Beach Poly High School, and at a time when most women did not enter the work force, she pursued a career path that took her from administrative positions with Disneyland and Hughes Aircraft to Chief of Staff for Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long. Joyce was several steps beyond beautiful—she was luminous, radiant, the epitome of a style that "Mad Men" replicated. She was a straight shooter, had a helluva laugh, did not suffer fools, loved Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and regularly belted out Broadway show tunes. Joyce loved a good party—she was typically the first to hop up to dance and was particularly fond of cutting a rug with gay friends who were afraid to dance in public together. She loved the ocean, knew how to sail and scuba dive, was a lifeguard, used to swim from pier to pier on a regular basis and fearlessly fished for both swordfish and squid. She was extraordinary and embraced adventure.

Joyce adored her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren, and loved nothing more than hearing about their adventures and shenanigans. She thought they were all marvelous and much more magnificent than anyone else's—Joyce showed no subtlety or restraint when bragging about them. If she knew they needed something—extra money, help with tuition, a car, a honeymoon—she was right there, offering support.

Joyce was preceded in death her parents, brother, her husband and the love of her life Gordon DeVeau Taylor. She is survived by her daughter Debra Creadick and son-in-law Michael; son Joe Taylor and daughter-in-law Amanda; sister Sue Koches; grandchildren Sean Creadick, Heather Taylor, Ryan Creadick and his wife Jessica who are the parents of Joyce's great-grandchildren Taylor, Maddilyn and Liam.

A private celebration of life will be held where Joyce's ashes will be scattered in the ocean that she loved. In lieu of flowers, her family is certain that Joyce and her late husband Gordon, who conducted research with the legendary Jacques Cousteau, would welcome a donation to The Cousteau Society.

Published by Ventura County Star from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2021.
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I was privileged to spend time with Joyce during this past year. She was generous, funny and kind hearted. Thank you to Debbie for inviting me into her life.
Jennifer Tunney
January 23, 2021
Joyce was a beautiful, stylish lovely woman who I’m so glad to have known. I am the Hairstylist at Sage Mtn. & took care of Joyce’s haircuts & visited with her a few times a week. She was delightful. I will always have such wonderful memories of Joyce & will miss her very much. My Deepest & Sincere Condolences to Deborah & all the Family. May you Rest In Peace Joyce
Kathleen Wahlstrom
January 23, 2021
What a wonderful description of a truly adventurous soul. You were so fortunate. I see her in you. ❤
Suzanne (Maria)
January 22, 2021
The impact of of mother's life is never really known until she's gone. Love to you and family, Deb.
January 21, 2021
She must have been a wonderful mother and grandmother. I know her son, Joe and granddaughter, Heather, certainly are!
Susan Cohn
January 21, 2021
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