Joyce Holmquist, a resident of Mount Shasta and matriarch of the 7 J’s, passed away peacefully at home on December 25, 2011. She was 85 years old.

Joyce was born in Clintonville, Wisconsin on December 22, 1926 and moved with her family to Weed, California in 1940.

She attended California State University, Chico where she met Jerry Holmquist whom she married in August of 1957 and moved to Mount Shasta to establish their home and family. She has been a resident of Siskiyou County for 71 years.

Joyce was an elementary school teacher who taught in both Weed and McCloud. She loved to teach and after retirement often looked for names of former students in the Herald.

Joyce enjoyed spending time with her family, especially during the summers travelling to swim meets with the family.

She was a charter member of and faithfully attended Christ Lutheran Church in Mount Shasta. Joyce also enjoyed participating in Gamma Nu Sorority functions.

Survivors include husband, Jerry Holmquist of Mount Shasta; sons, Jeff Holmquist of Mount Shasta, Jon Holmquist of Redding, and Jim Holmquist of Little Rock, Arkansas; daughters, Jean Holmquist of Roseville and Janis Holmquist of Chico; and 10 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 1124 Pine Grove Drive, Mount Shasta, CA 96067-9712, (530) 926-6395; or Mercy Hospice Mt. Shasta, 914 Pine Street, Mount Shasta, CA 96067.

Memorial services are pending. Please check for service location and time.

Our family thanks everyone for the love and support we have received. Joyce was a loved woman and will be missed by many.

Arrangements are in the care of Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel.