Joyce Boswell, a 94- year-old resident of Spring Senior Assisted Living in Torrance, CA, passed away on May 12th, 2009 after a long battle with illnesses related to a stroke she suffered 7 years ago. Joyce was born March 29, 1915 in Coarsegold, CA to Claude and Grace Williams. She was raised at Bass Lake, CA where she remained a resident until March of 2002. In August of 1933 she won a physical culture contest that led to a brief stint in Hollywood and some bit parts in several movies. Although a great experience, she decided to return home to Bass Lake and participate in the family resort business. In January of 1934 she competed in and won the coveted "Snow Queen" title in the fourth annual San Joaquin Valley Winter Sports Carnival in the Yosemite Valley, participating in four winter events and winning two of them. These events were Ice Skating, forwards and backwards, Skiing and Snowshoeing. She won the two Ice skating events. She was escorted to the Governors Ball at the Ahwahnee Hotel by then California Governor James Rolph Jr. She married Jack Kimbro of Conroe, TX in 1942. They had one child, Jack II. Jack senior was killed in an auto accident in 1953. Joyce was remarried in 1963 to Roland Boswell, an LA County Fireman who had retired and moved to Bass Lake. Later she started her own women's retail sports wear business called the Pine Tree House and continued to operate this for many years. Upon selling the business and retiring, she began a new hobby of growing and drying flowers and making them into arrangements. This hobby quickly grew into a small cottage industry that she continued to operate up until the stroke in 2002. Joyce is survived by her son Jack Kimbro, his wife Merta , their three sons, Jeffrey, Trevor and Christopher, 4 great- grandchildren, and her brother C. E Williams Jr. of Bend, Oregon. Graveside service will be held in early June at Oakhill Cemetery in Oakhurst CA.

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  1. Hello Jack real sorry about your mom. Hope alls well with you & family. Been a long time since i seen or heard from you. good luck your old sierra high pal Ken Ratchford

  2. Hello Jack, I am sorry to hear about your Mom passing. She was one of my favorite people. I lost my mom a year ago Feb. My dad is still alive. My best to you and your family. Penny

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