Obituary of Joyce Elaine Isis
Joyce Elaine Isis was born in central Wisconsin in 1926 to Robert & Isla Hunter, the second of nine children, and grew up on a dairy farm where everyone worked hard and worked together. In early 1944, Joyce traveled to Washington, DC, to take a civilian job in the Navy Department in support of the war effort, joining her sister. Joyce fell in love with Washington and remained a lifelong fan of its beautiful public buildings and parks, temperate weather, cherry blossoms and politics. In 1945, she moved to Miami, FL where she eventually met her future husband, David S. Isis. They married in 1948 and returned to Washington. In 1957, they bought a new house in the Rosemary Hills neighborhood of Silver Spring where Joyce lived for 61 years and raised 3 daughters. The couple divorced in 1968, and Joyce reentered the workforce, remaining until her 2001 retirement from SunTrust Bank. What she enjoyed most in her banking career was meeting new people and helping them with their life journeys.
Joyce loved nature, poetry and being outdoors. Spending endless hours gardening and walking her dog were her favorite hobbies, and she came to know many neighbors and children at the nearby playground. She was an excellent cook, baker, and seamstress, with a green thumb, who loved animals and family.
She died peacefully on January 11, 2021, from pulmonary failure, with her daughter Melanie at her side and many loving caregivers. She is survived by her sisters Yvonne, Janice, Rita, and Darlene, her brother Robert, her daughters Melanie Isis (Les Bodian) and Nancy (Dawn) Isis, her grandchildren Anna, Naomi, Spencer, and Natalie, and her great grand twins Arthur and Isadora. Joyce was pre-deceased by her daughter Beverly Isis.
No funeral will be held per Joyce’s wishes. Friends and loved ones may post memories of Joyce at http://rappfuneral.com/tribute and Legacy.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, PETA, or the International Refugee Committee.