May 28, 1952 ~ March 22, 2021

Born in: Redfield, South Dakota
Resided in: Redondo Beach, California

Joy Lynn Mainwaring, beloved wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, cousin and friend, passed away at the age of 68 on Monday, March 22, 2021 after a long, hard battle with cancer.

Joy was born in Redfield, South Dakota on May 28, 1952.  The family moved to Hawthorne, California, in 1954, shortly thereafter moving to Redondo Beach where she resided until her death.

Joy was confirmed into the Lutheran Faith at the age of 13.  She graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1970 and while in high school was actively involved with many school activities including Drill Team and Song Leading.  In her Junior year, she was Pacific Shores Queen and finished out her senior year as Co-Ed Ball Queen.

That same year she met and married Charles Hawkins, to this union, Chad Edward and Heidi Joy were born.   In 1981 she met and in 1987 married her life long love, Jim Mainwaring, becoming a Step Mother to Ryan, Travis and Megan.

Her career as an Administrative Assistance started at Tylan Corporation and eventually TRW/Northrup Grumman where she retired after 31 years in 2014.

She was a definition of her own name and brought Joy to all of those around her. To know her, was to love her.  She was the life of every party, always had a flower in her hair, loved entertaining and baked birthday cakes for all she knew. She loved to dance, enjoyed her daily walks and cherished her monthly Bunco with her girls.

Joy passed away at her Redondo Beach home surrounded by her parents, husband, children, cousins and a few life long friends. She is survived by her parents, Maxine and Duane Vik, Husband of 35 years, Jim Mainwaring, her Children, Chad Hawkins (Anna) and Heidi Lilly, her Step Children, Ryan Mainwaring (Brittiany), Travis Mainwaring (Lacey) and Megan McKenney (Ryan) and her 12 grandchildren, Marley, Skylar, Caleb, Mia, Cole, Rylee, Addison, Logan, Brady, Stella, Mason and Wesley.

Her final resting place will be at Pacific Crest Cemetery. Per her request, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name for Cancer Research.

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  1. candle 5Joy was a wonderful person, she was beautiful inside and out and loved by everyone that knew her. Joy was my administrative assistant when I was Human Resources Manager at TRW over 20 years ago. She was loved by everyone in our Division. I watched her with her children and thought how lucky they were to have her as a mother, she loved her family. She enjoyed doing things for everyone and loved a party and planned most of them. One memory that comes to mind for me is the party that my husband and I attended at her home for her son that was going into the military (she was so proud of all of her children) I will never forget her laugh she was always happy and made us all laugh as well. To Joy’s family I am so sorry for your loss but I feel we all have an Angel watching over us now.

  2. candle 7Joy was one of the most beautiful ladies I had ever met! She was raised well by 2 parents was so gracious & kind to everyone. She adored her children, grandchildren, husband & her parents. She always made sure they were included in the many things she was involved in. She definitely learned from her parents to be a beautiful lady inside & out!
    I am so saddened they had to see her battle that awful disease cancer! Then on top of it during a pandemic when they weren’t able to go be with her & help her. Joy will be SOOO Missed, and know she was SOOOO Loved!! Our thoughts and prayers are with that beautiful Angel Joy Lynn!! Anytime we see a bright star, we will think of her shining for us that she is at peace in Heaven!

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