Jean Marcella Murphy Joynt
Jean Marcella Murphy Joynt age 91, went to be with the Lord on December 24,2018 at Brookdale Memory Care Center in Reno, NV.
Jean was born on May 19,1927 in the township of Gillman, Wisconsin. The fourth of five children and the youngest girl, it was said that “She was the apple of her Daddy’s eye with large brown eyes and lovely brown hair.” Jean truly enjoyed growing up on her family’s dairy farm, drinking maple syrup from the maple trees, riding horses, and following around her brothers like a puppy dog. She attended Elementary, High School and college in Wisconsin. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Stout with a degree in home economics. She took her first teaching job in the Janesville, WI school district.
In 1956 Jean taught American Elementary school children at the American Airforce Base in Spangdahelm, Germany. For one year she taught and traveled all over Europe in her little Volkswagen with fellow teacher and life long friend Marge Goode, who described Jean as always having a “peppy sparkle!” After returning to America Jean took a teaching job in the Oakland, CA school district. There she met her future husband of 43 years and her life long mate Joseph Q Joynt.
They moved to Tahoe City in the mid 1960’s and started their lives there. In July of 1969 they welcomed their son JB, as Jean many times said, “JB filled her life with a wonderful joy!” Jean and Joe built their dream house on the lake, “a little piece of paradise.” Jean taught in the Tahoe Truckee School District for over 40+ years including her time as a substitute teacher after retiring. She taught many grades and music throughout the school district but most of her career was teaching Kindergarten at Tahoe Lake Elementary.
When Jean was not teaching, she enjoyed painting, mostly watercolors. She loved to ski in the winter and golf the rest of the year. She enjoyed summers swimming in the lake and enjoying her pier. Jean had a passion and love for music. A gifted and talented musician, she could play almost every instrument but really took joy in playing piano and singing with her beautiful soprano voice. Jean was an avid world traveler, she traveled to Europe, Japan, Peru and Venezuela.
A devote catholic all her life, she rarely missed a Sunday mass. She was very involved in her local churches; Corpus Christi and Squaw Valley. Even into her 90’s she led music on some Sunday mornings. Jean had a “can do” attitude, with a fun and feisty personality that was larger than life itself! She had an infectious smile that delighted all those around her!
Jean is survived by her son JB Joynt, grandchildren; James Joynt, Thomas Joynt, Julia Joynt; her sister Isabelle O’Connell; 12 nieces and nephews; Marcella Checco, Brian O’Connell, Jeanne O’Connell, Richard O’Connell, Sue O’Connell, Ben Murphy, Chad Murphy, Ernesto Murphy, Jim Murphy, Kevin Murphy, Shawn Murphy, Tim Murphy; as well as many lifelong friends, neighbors and fellow teachers.
Jean is proceeded in death by her husband Joseph Q Joynt, infant daughter Molly Joynt, her parents Benedict and Mae Murphy, and brothers Jack, Jim and Bob Murphy.
Services will be held on Saturday May 18, 2019 at 11 am at Corpus Christi Church, 905 West Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Grace Hospice Foundation. The loving and caring hospice foundation that took such wonderful care of Jean in the last month of her life.
Grace Hospice Foundation: 5345 Reno Corporate Drive, Building 3, Reno, NV 89511. Place “Joynt” on memo line.
Or online at http://www.curohealthservices.com/donate