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Joy V. Blenis passed from this life early on the morning of May 16, 2013, well into her 96th year. She was born in Saginaw, Michigan and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. In her youth she was a competitive swimmer and played a mean game of golf. Her marriage in 1940 began her travels: two boys were born in Philadelphia and Boston and her two young brothers joined the family in Minneapolis. From there it was on to New Jersey, Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston. In all these places she was very active in the Episcopal Church. After her divorce she continued moving; New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and then a 15-year stay in Santa Rose, California, followed by 22 years here in Memphis.

Remembered by many as Mama Joy, she had a ready smile, a fierce independence, and a strong stubborn streak. She was well known among family and friends as the maker of dozens and dozens of quilts of her own design that are now scattered across the country. During her years in Santa Rosa she enjoyed California wines, helping out at her brother's kiwi ranch and many trips to Goat Rock beach to watch the waves. With one brother or another she made trips to Spain, New Zealand, Fiji and the Caribbean. She enjoyed traveling the world, but preferred returning to Wisconsin and Minnesota to visit her many friends, family and familiar sites.

She is survived by her two sons, David Ciscel of Memphis, TN and Dennis Ciscel of Austin, TX.; five grandchildren, Meredith Milowski, Matthew Ciscel, Rebecca Ciscel, Andrew Ciscel and Staci Cantu; 6 great-grandchildren children; two siblings, Dennis Blenis of Bloomington, MN and Ron Blenis of Desert Palm Springs, CA.; as well as many nieces and nephews and a
daughter-in-law, Carol Ciscel of Memphis.

She has requested cremation and to have her ashes returned to that beach in California which has always been alive in her heart. According to her wishes, there will be no formal funeral service, but a reception in memory of her life will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at Canale Funeral Directors.

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