Former Juneau resident Joyce Mae Bittick died at her home Thursday, May 20, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. She was 70.
Born on June 9, 1939 in Oklahoma, Joyce was the youngest of six children born to Bert and Ruby Snoddy-Cope Warren. At the age of seven, she moved with her family to the Orangevale and Fair Oaks, Calif. area where she attended San Juan High School. She met Robert Lee Bittick while in high school and they were married on July 28, 1956 in Orangevale, Calif. Joyce managed department stores and worked as an accountant for a construction company while in California. In 1979, they moved to Alaska, where Joyce worked as an administrative assistant in corrections for the State of Alaska. Robert died in 1994 in an airplane crash and she moved to Oregon in 1996.
Joyce was an artist and enjoyed sculpting and painting. She held a certificate as a professional doll maker and enjoyed flower gardening. Most of all she loved all things family.
She was preceded in death by sister, Wana, brother, Dean, sister, Delora "Dee", sister, Oleta "Dolly" and brother, William "Bill".
She is survived by her daughters, Tena (Jon) Tippit of Seward, Alaska, Deborah (Alan) Bittick-Wicks of Dallas, Texas; sons, Richard (Heidi) Bittick of Dallas, Texas, and Mitchell (Kimberly) Bittick of Waldport, Texas; grandchildren Angela, Ryan, Kale, Carson, Evan, Olevia, Breeana, Bobby, Keegan, Jordan, Savannah, Brandilyn, Airic, Justin, Christopher, Blake and great grandchildren Jacob and Ryana.
A private family committal will be in Alaska. The family suggests that flowers be sent to a nursing home for the residents to enjoy in her memory. The Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is handling the arrangements. To leave an on-line condolence for the family, please go to www.dallastribute.com.