Biography: Joyce Owens was born on September 29, 1950. She was the firstborn to Lillian Ruth Davis and Sonny Brody in Mount Vernon, New York. Being the oldest sibling she taught her brothers, sisters and eventually her own children to be respectful and mindful of their elders.
Joyce attended Walton High School for Girls in the Bronx. Joyce attained a job at Met Life Insurance Company in 1970. She met a young man named David Owens who would later become her husband. That union produced two sons:Dywayne Owens and Darnell Owens.
In 1973 Joyce attained employment with United Cerebral Palsy Association.Joyce worked for fourteen years with the mentally handicapped adults. She loved her job. Every holiday or special occasion she would bring home one or two or sometimes three clients to enjoy the holiday or gathering with the family. She left the United Cerebral Palsy Association after they sold the building. She went to work for Bankers Trust Company for ten years. In 1994, she went back into the mental health field working for The Center For Family Support New York for five years. She finished her career there by accepting a job at New York Foundling Hospital where she worked for thirty years in the mental health field.
Joyce loved good music especially Midtown and Atlantic Records. She played her favorite songs all day and night. Joyce loved to play cards especially poker. She loved to go to Atlantic City and Empire Casino in Yonkers. Joyce was a loyal honorable, trustworthy, loving devoted and caring person. Most importantly, she loved her immediate family, her extended family and friends.
Lisa Davis was her niece and her caretaker. Joyce was preceded in death by: Florence Davis, Sandra Singleton and sister, Carol Davis. Joyce leaves many to honor and cherish her memory including: her sons, Dywayne and Darnell Owens; her grandchildren: DaQuan Owens, Javon Owens, Darnell Owens Jr. and Serenity Owens; her brothers Steven Davis, Lawrence Davis (Donnette) and Michael Davis (Damita); she also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews and loving friends.