DeWalt, Joyce Alberta, a 35 year resident of Torrance, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 in Torrance. Born in Chelmsford, MA, Joyce was 69 when she died. Joyce was a member of First Lutheran Church in Torrance. She was an office manager for 30 years at Paramount Auto Parts and also worked part- time at Mervyn's in Torrance because she loved being able to talk to people. Joyce enjoyed working in her garden, especially with her many rose bushes. The true joy of her life though, was the time she spent with her grandchildren. She is survived by Daughter, Linda DeMartini of Thousand Oaks, CA , Daughter, Susan Venable of Torrance, CA., and Grandchildren Rayne DeMartini, Elysabeth DeMartini, Kady DeMartini, Cameron Venable, and Taylor Venable. Preceded in death by Mother, Abbie Delehanty and Father, Asa Dearth. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Monday January 16th at 10:00am. Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association or the Salvation Army.

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  1. Dear Linda and Susan, While seperated by the entire country your mother and I remained friends and kept in touch for almost 45 years. I was so sorry to hear of her passing and know how strongly you will feel her loss. I was so glad that I was able to talk with her just after Christmas. I know the love and happiness that you and your children provided to her. I have so many happy memories of times in the past that we shared,the vacations, Linda and Cindy’s birthdays, just chatting over a cup of coffee and watching you children play and so many many other good times. You are in my thoughts and prayers.George sends his condolences too. Love, Gail

  2. Susan/Linda: Sadness cannot convey my feelings. Please know our thoughs and prayers are with you. Love you always, your cousin Karen

  3. Even though I have not worked at Mervyns since January 1998, I have fond memories of working with Joyce during my 6 years at Mervyns. She was such a wonderful person and a joy to work with, although we were in different departments. I was so surprised to see her obituary in the paper, but then realized that I remembered how she used to struggle for breath sometimes at work. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dear mother. Jan Smith

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