Joyce G. Spina

Joyce Spina

Following a brief illness, Joyce G. Spina (nee Bell), age 78, passed into eternal rest on May 15, 2020, at Clear Lake Medical Center in Webster, TX surrounded by her family.

Joyce was born at Englewood Hospital in Englewood, NJ on April 2, 1942, daughter of the late Warren Ferdon Bell and Oneida Davis Bell.  She grew up in West New York, NJ where she met and fell in love with her high school sweetheart, William Joseph Spina.  Joyce and Bill were married on August 26, 1961 and would have been celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary this August.  After marrying, they resided in West New York for several years, before moving to Holmdel, NJ.

                                                                                                                                    

Joyce and Bill were soulmates, who enjoyed family vacations, frequent trips to Atlantic City, and any event or holiday that brought the whole family together.  Joyce worked as a bank teller for several years but later gave up her career to become a stay-at-home Mom.  Joyce was an avid bird watcher and animal lover, who could not resist taking in a lost dog or caring for stray cats who just happened to make their way to her house. 

After her children were grown and the grandchildren started arriving, Joyce and Bill built a beach house in Long Beach Island, NJ.  Nothing pleased Joyce more than to have her children and grandchildren, who were the absolute loves of her life, all together at the beach house, where she spent hours cooking up fabulous meals that are still talked about today. 

Sadly, Bill suffered a stroke in September of 2009 and Joyce selflessly cared for him with no regard for herself for the past eleven years.  During that time, they moved to Mount Dora, FL for several years and in November of 2019 moved to Seabrook, TX.

Joyce is survived by her husband, William Joseph Spina; her daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Walter Kalinowski of Clark, NJ; her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and William Messina of Seabrook, TX; her son and daughter-in-law, William Joseph Jr. and Laura Spina of Mount Dora, FL; a sister, April Bell Dickens of Huntersville, NC; a sister, Noelle Bell of Charlotte, NC; eight grandchildren, Matthew, Nicole, Danielle, Jake, Jessica, Emma, Madison and Sam; and several nieces and nephews.  Joyce is also survived by life-long best friends, Maryann and Larry (Kenny) Stevens.

The family is requesting that anyone wishing to honor Joyce’s life make a donation to Oak Creek Zoological Conservatory in Madisonville, TX.  Oak Creek is a non-profit organization that provides forever homes to displaced and surrendered animals. Their website is oakcreekzc.org.