Wright, Joyce Dolores, a 36 year resident of Torrance, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2007 following a 159 day struggle with the effects of pancreatitus. Born in Reno, Nevada on November 26, 1936, Joyce was 70 when she died. Joyce attended the Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd. For many years, she ran a child care center out of her home. She collected dolls and loved to sew and make dresses when she had the time. She helped care for her grandchildren and loved to send her granddaughters to school with bows and ribbons in their hair. She enjoyed socializing and playing the Bunko dice game with her friends. She enjoyed theatrical presentations and Josh Groban and John Denver songs. She loved flowers and enjoyed intermingling artificial flowers with real ones for winter show. She is survived by her loving Husband, James Wright of Torrance, CA; Son, Jeffrey Wright of Elk, CA; Son, A. Jay (Jenine) Wright of Goleta, CA; Son, J.P. (Tina) Wright of San Jose, CA; Son, Jaron Wright of Carlsbad, CA; Daughter, Jennifer (David) Shaw of Torrance, CA; and Brother, Richard (Felvia) Belaustegui of Reno, NV. Preceded in death by Father, Bunny Belaustegui, Mother, Martha Belaustegui and Sister, Alma Martina Wheat. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance for a viewing on Monday March 19, 2007 from 5 until 8pm. On Sunday April 15, 2007 at 2pm, a Memorial service will be held, also at Rice Mortuary Chapel, followed by a reception at Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room from 3 until 6pm. Rice Mortuary will provide valet parking. A Memorial Mass will be held in Reno, Nevada at 10am on May 10, 2007 at Our Lady of the Snows to allow friends and relatives in her home state to pay their respects. Inurnment will be at Mountain View Cemetery, Guardian Angels West. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Torrance Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary, 3330 Lomita Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505-5073.

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  1. Joyce was always like my big sister and I loved it when she came up for a visit with all her kids.We never ran out of things to share with one another.Those happy memories will live in my heart forever.I love you all very much.Take good care of each other, stay in touch, and may God be with you all. Frances Kelley

  2. Joyce was so generous with her love and time. It was like her days had more hours to share. I was always amazed that she could do so much without appearing to be hurried. We will miss you Joyce. Our love to your partner Jim and your beautiful family.

  3. Condolences to all the Wright Family How sad we are to hear of your loss of Joyce. She was such a loving wife, mother and grandmother to all of you. Memories are a Family’s Heirlooms and we know you have many of those to share. Our thoughts are with you. Jeanne and Joseph Carrier

  4. To JimBob and family: Words are not enough to console a person after losing someone so close to your heart…I will be there soon to give you hugs and kisses, and to share your heartache and tears. To Tia: my soul mate and my guardian angel …I will miss our talks, and tea time, and cleaning the house together. I will miss your hugs and kisses and smile. I will miss you…but as you said, “you are always in my heart…remember, I will like you for always, I will love you forever, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be”…I love you. Now you can talk with the angels, moon, and stars at night, and fly with the butterflies and fairies by day:)

  5. Dear Wright Family, My condolences to you all. I just happened to see Joyce’s name when I was looking at the website to find my own mother’s site (she passed away March 19). I went to school with Jay, and my brother Mike, went to school with Jeff. I am very sorry for your loss, as I know the pain of losing a parent. My best regards to the entire family.

  6. Dear Jim and family, Words cannot express how sad we feel that Joyce is gone. She was like a second mother to Dena and we will always appreciate that. I loved her writing, the way she could express her thoughts. We will miss her. If we can be of help in any way – call. Love, Georgia & Dennis

  7. When I first met Joyce after John and I were married it was like I had known her forever. We didn’t see her often, but when we did it was always very comfortable and easy. We both have always enjoyed her letters at Christmas. If there had been a family event during the year, she would give a very beautiful and detailed description of it and we always felt like we had been there. We will miss her. You are all in our prayers.

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