A constant example of love and caring, Joyce Mooberry died at home on 19 January. Born to George and Violet Betts on August 2, 1930 in San Gabriel California, Joyce came to Santa Barbara when she was a few months old. Joyce attended Garfield and Harding Elementary Schools, La Cumbre Junior High and Santa Barbara High. She loved to dance and was proud of performing at the Court House during Fiesta. At SBHS she was active in academics and organizations. She was editor of the yearbook, senior class secretary, president of Usherettes, Football Queen, Scholastic Seal Bearer and chosen “Typical Girl”. She attended Santa Barbara State College on the Rivera for a year previous to marrying her high school sweetheart, Gary Foote. Prior to starting a family, she worked as a receptionist for the County Welfare Department where she worked the switchboard in the basement of the Courthouse. When her youngest child entered kindergarten, she reentered the workforce and began her career with Santa Barbara City Schools as an elementary school secretary, working at Garfield, Lincoln, McKinley and Monroe. She loved working as a school secretary, finding the position both challenging and interesting, requiring both organizational and interpersonal skills, best of all, she was able to be around children. After retiring her days were spent volunteering around town with the Pink Ladies at Goleta Valley Hospital, at the Family History Center, at Vieja Valley Elementary School, teaching Sunday School, driving to innumerable soccer games for her grandchildren and performing countless personal acts of service. She loved traveling with her second husband, Mel Mooberry, both domestically and internationally.
Joyce is predeceased by her son, Michael Foote, and her two husbands. She is survived by the family she loved so dearly: her son Roger Foote (Mesa AZ) and daughter Sherri Trichler (Santa Barbara) and her ten grandchildren Todd Foote (Parkland FL), Scott Foote (Queens Creek AZ), Dan Foote (Camarillo CA), Rebecca Briggs (Lehi UT), Melanie Bostwick (Gilbert AZ) Mark Foote (Phoenix AZ), Dillon Foote (Mesa AZ), David Trichler (Williamsburg VA), Kristin Trichler (Manchester England) and Michele Trichler (Alexandria VA).
A devoted disciple of Jesus Christ, Joyce epitomized her favorite scripture “Love one another; as I have loved you.” John 13:34. A memorial service will be held on Friday, 3 February, at 11 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 478 Cambridge Avenue, Goleta.