Gloria “Joyce” Gomes Pereira, 84, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on April 3, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. Joyce was born November 21, 1933 in Modesto, California to Joe and Aileen Gomes. The youngest of five children, she brought great joy to her family. During the Great Depression, Joe Gomes had moved his family from Mendocino to Modesto to find work. Shortly after her birth, the family moved back to Mendocino, where her father worked in the lumber industry. Growing up in Mendocino was an especially joyful time with many outdoor activities with her family and friends. Sunday ‘crab boils’ along the banks of Big River were among Joyce’s many favorite memories. Joyce was a gifted singer and piano player. She excelled in the Mendocino High School band and Glee club. She sang the Lord’s Prayer at her high school graduation. During her sophomore year she met Kenneth “Ken” Pereira of Fort Bragg and the love affair never ended. Joyce and Ken were married in 1951 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Mendocino. Over the next 8 years, they remained in Fort Bragg and started their family. When Ken graduated from the California Highway Patrol academy in 1960 the family relocated to Indio, California. The family relocated again in 1966 when Ken was transferred to the CHP office in Williams. In Williams, Joyce’s musical talents were greatly appreciated. According to family friend, Nip Boyes, “Before Joyce came to the Williams Catholic Church, nearly everyone was related. There wasn’t a one of us who could carry a tune. Once Joyce started to sing, the congregation quickly fell silent which greatly enhanced the religious experience for all.” Joyce continued to live in Williams until 1973 when Ken accepted a promotion to Redding from the CHP. Joyce was a full-time homemaker and mother to her boys and all of their friends. Joyce and Ken joined the Redding chapters of the Sons of Italy, the 50 Plus Club and Friendship Club where Joyce was called the “Sunshine Lady” for her cheerful attitude and the support and encouragement she gave to others.
After Ken passed away in 2014, Joyce continued to displayed tremendous courage and unselfish optimism as she battled kidney disease. She was greatly admired by all.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ken and siblings Herbert, Eugene “Foggy” and Geraldine (Gerry). She is survived by her sons Lynn (Cayce) of Esparto, Kenny (Sherrie) Lyons, Oregon, Dino (John) of Redding, Joseph (Brandie) of Shasta Lake City and sister Babe Story of Graeagle, California.
Grandchildren Stephen, Dominque, Mary, Michael, KJ, Megan, James, Anthony, Anna and Katy.
Great Grandchildren Jasmine, David, Elijah, Oliver, Addison, Dresden, Case, Noah and Teagan.
A Requiem Mass will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Redding, April 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
A fellowship banquet will follow in the Parish Hall.