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Joyce Howell Wells


Joyce Howell Wells passed away peacefully on April 9, 2023. She was born in San Mateo and raised in San Francisco. A 68-year-long resident of Belvedere, Joyce raised her family and contributed to the community she loved.


Joyce graduated from Lowell High School and continued on to UC Berkeley, where she was a proud member of the Chi Omega sorority. She maintained many friendships from school throughout her life filled with costume parties, Sierra camping, and family trips. Both artistic and practical, Joyce was an accomplished seamstress, cook, swimmer, and gardener.


Petite Joyce possessed an outsized love of nature; Lake Tahoe and Hawaii were her special places but she was most proud of the fact that she had traveled the world. Joyce loved to play tennis, bike, and swim. She remained active throughout her 94 years — swimming in the bay as well as at the Harbor Point pool and walking her beloved German Shepherd dogs. Always busy, Joyce played cards with Marin Bridge and her mahjong group. She volunteered for the Tiburon-Belvedere Landmarks Society, where she was a docent for China Cabin and the Newcomers Club.


Joyce is survived by her son, Jeff, and daughter, Jennifer, and many grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Brian. At 93 years old, she flew alone to the East Coast to spend Christmas with Jen and her children.


Donations in her name may be made to the Tiburon-Belvedere Landmarks Society. A private service has been held by the family.

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