April 2, 1946 - July 17, 2022
Joyce Irene Newland Budurin was born in Caldwell, Idaho on April 2, 1946 to Paul and Audrey Newland. She was the youngest of three children and their only daughter. She attended church with her mom, Audrey, and two older brothers, Eugene and Raymond. She was active in Girl Scouts and various church activities. When she was nine, Joyce, her mother, and two brothers were involved in a serious automobile accident which caused their mom to have amnesia which resulted in them moving to the Los Angeles area of California. There they were cared for by their maternal grandparents. As an elementary student, Joyce learned how to twirl a baton by her life long friend, Marilyn Anderson. She even marched in the Monrovia Day Parade. Joyce went to Monrovia High School and graduated in 1964. While in high school she was involved in the choir. Singing was a life long passion for Joyce.
After high school graduation, Joyce went to college, but decided it wasn’t for her. She entered the work force joining Handy and Harmon, then was a telephone operator, and finally worked at Bank of America. By 1970 Joyce was ready for college. She went to Citrus College in Arcadia, CA and graduated in 1971 with her Associates degree in Secretarial Science. A good friend of hers mentioned that he knew a guy who liked to sing and introduced her to George Budurin, her husband of 44 years.
Joyce and George married on April 22, 1972 in Monrovia. They then moved to San Diego where George had a job as a letter carrier for the postal service. Joyce was a domestic homemaker and enjoyed baking and making meals for her friends and family. In 1975, they welcomed their first child, Julie Anne followed three years later in 1978, by another daughter, Sandra Lynn.
Joyce was an active member of her church, El Cajon Blvd. Church of Christ. She taught in the nursery class and helped her husband in preparing meals for the Senior Saints. She also opened her house to noisy teenagers to feed and play games on Sundays. Joyce was always the hostess and servant whether it be at home or at church.
Joyce drove a school bus for 11 years for Southwestern Christian School. She became the bus director and was a built in chaperone for her daughter’s field trips. In 1992, Joyce transitioned from driving a school bus to driving for a retirement community. She joined the staff at Canyon Villas Retirement Home driving the residents to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, the bay for seaside walks, or anywhere else they needed to go. She loved her job and the residents. After a few years she became the Activities Director. She planned everything to keep the residents active. She even put her singing talent to use by singing to them often either in informal settings or a concert in their dining room.
Upon retirement in December 2003, Joyce and George, moved to Lewisville, TX to be closer to their daughters and families. Joyce loved hosting her grandchildren at her home for sleepovers and baking.
Joyce and George became members of Webb Chapel Church of Christ. She became involved in the nursery program and eventually became the coordinator. She also worked with her husband to facilitate the youth auction and other fellowship events held at the church.
Her beloved husband of 44 years died suddenly in November 2016. She remained strong in her faith and love for the Lord. She was able to travel with her daughter Julie and family to the Bahamas for Thanksgiving 2018. She had a wonderful time taking naps poolside and enjoying gourmet food.
In April of this year Joyce was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. She was a trooper going through chemotherapy, occupational therapy, and everything in between. Her daughter Julie moved in with her to be her full time caregiver and her daughter Sandra, came down often to help. She was a fighter, but at the end was tired and ready to go home to Jesus. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by her two daughters and friends. We know the Pearly Gates were wide open for her to enter on Sunday, July 17th. It is comforting that her and George are reunited in heaven and singing to their hearts content.
Joyce is survived by her daughter, Julie Bartley (husband Dennis) and daughter, Sandra Whaley (husband Michael), grandchildren William, Grant and Claire Bartley and Alex and Makayla Whaley, plus nieces and nephews and many friends.
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Funeral Services have been entrusted to North Dallas Funeral Home, A Viewing Service will be held on Wednesday July 20,2022 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at North Dallas Funeral Home located at 2710 Valley View Ln, Farmers Branch, TX 75234. Mrs. Budurin will be laid to rest at the Singing Hills Cemetery in San Diego, CA .
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Young Group of Webb Chapel Church of Christ, 13425 Webb Chapel Road, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234 or the San Diego Christian Foundation, 4282 Balboa Ave., San Diego, CA 92117