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Joyce Elaine DeBusk

 Joyce DeBusk

Joyce Elaine DeBusk, age 80, passed away surrounded by her loving family on March 1, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. She was born in Wickenburg, Arizona on September 9, 1936 to the late Emitt Sterling Bleeker and Bernice Irene (Chambers) Bleeker.  Joyce was the sparkle of her husband’s eye since the 5th grade.  He shared over 62 wonderful years of marriage with the love of his life and best friend.  Joyce is survived by her loving husband, Wesley Edmon DeBusk; sons, Michael (Melissa) DeBusk and David (Christina) DeBusk; grandchildren, Michael David (Wendi) Powell, Alexandra (Bryce) DeBusk-Conway, Ryan DeBusk and Wyatt DeBusk; great-grandchildren, Faith Powell, Easton Powell and Colette Conway; sisters, Frieda Hogan and Glenda Vermette; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Emitt and Bernice Bleeker; daughter, Debra DeBusk and grandson, Wesley Michael DeBusk.  Joyce worked for over 18 years as the secretary to the Superintendent at Fresno Unified School District in California.  She was also a devoted member of The Dugout Club of the Fresno State Bulldogs Baseball Team.  Joyce absolutely loved being involved and donating time, food, and energy to the club and the team players.  Joyce was an extremely generous and kind person.  She always made everything about everyone else and worked diligently behind the scenes to support all of her family’s dreams, ambitions and goals.  Joyce opened her home and her heart to family and friends to host parties and holiday celebrations.  Her home was the hub of the family because she wanted it that way.  She wanted to make everything special and make you feel special because she believed you were.  Joyce had a sharp sense of humor and a work ethic beyond compare.  She was very active in her children and grandchildren’s lives and loved spending time with them.  Joyce was an avid crafter, a wonderful cook, a specialty cake designer, voracious reader and a talented country and western dancer.  Joyce especially loved crafting with her dear friend, Lucy Dean.  She traveled all over the world and was blessed to have the opportunity to travel on over 25 cruises to many different destinations.  Joyce was the matriarch of her family and was so loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.  Donations in Joyce’s memory can be made to Fresno State Dugout Club, in c/o The Bulldog Foundation, P.O. Box 26267, Fresno, California 93729 or the National Kidney Foundation, Ohio Branch, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive, #260, Columbus, Ohio 43231 or the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017.  Arrangements entrusted to Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society.  Please visit to leave her family an online condolence.

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  • KAREN SCHAAF says:

    Wes: We we were so saddened to hear about Joyce. Thank you so much for calling us. We think of you both so often and will always be gratefull to have had you as our next door neighbors. I will always remember Joyce as being so sweet to us and so fun to talk to. You two were the most darling couple! It’s good to know that you are with your family and that you are doing well. Love, Karen & Dave Schaaf

  • emerson lisboa says:

    I’m sorry for your loss and it was a great pleasure to have the opportunity to care for her while she was still with us.

  • Linda Abbruzzetti says:

    Joyce was a wonderful sister-in-law to me and will always be remembered for her sense of humor, straight forward, upbeat attitude, hospitality and of course her deviled eggs! Her gift for planning family reunions and parties left me in awe. She just seemed to do it so effortlessly. Many fond memories were made at Sonny and Joyce’s for birthdays, baby showers and Thankgivings. She will be missed but not forgotten as she left all of us with so many wonderful memories.


    Janet, Brad and I are so sorry, Wes, that you lost the “sparkle of your eye,” who you met in the 5th grade in Atwater, which happens to be where Bof A assigned me as a new officer of the bank. Joyce was a wonderful partner to you for so many years and, as is said in her obit and by you on the phone so many times, a very hard worker in our Dugout Club, especially helping you with your tee sponsorship role in our annual fund-raising golf tournament. She was always there for you, as you were for her. I must say that you were so passionate and funny on the phone recently, as you recalled so many good times – the sparkle never leaving you, her love of the ocean, your new great-granddaughter, Colette & her mother, who live close by, etc. I’ll stop here. Our best to Michael & Melissa and Mike & Wendi, who I know best, and to your other family members. John Lawson and I hope to see you soon when you visit in Paso & Tulare. Lots of love and prayers, Byron

  • Ginny & Scott Nevins says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. We met Joyce (and Wes) while learning to country western dance at the Moose Lodge. Dance lessons on Wednesday nights and then dances on Friday and Saturday in and around the San Joaquin Valley. Joyce was always the one to organize our group for weekend trips to the Pismo Beach Western Days and Cambria’s Beans and Jeans Festival. She had a smile for everyone and was so much fun!!! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Wes and all the family. Ginny and Scott

  • Roxana Gonzalez says:

    My deepest condolences to Wesley and the entire family. Joyce was truly an amazing person and had a heart of gold.❤❤❤

  • Sally Kazensky says:

    So sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. Gene & I have many memories of good times with Joyce & Sonny & their extended family.

  • Perry Mamigonian says:

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. I have so many fond memories of the good times we all shared together at Beiden Field through the years. Our baseball “family” was special and I’ll always be grateful for both you and Joyce’s friendship.
    Much love and prayers to you.

  • Betsy Hurley says:

    Wes and family,
    We wish you comfort as you hear from others and remember Joyce together. What lovely words in her obit…. for a lovely lady.
    It was always fun to chat with her when we’d meet in the street! She was a genuine and honest person. Prayers for comfort are extended to you all.
    Betsy and Mike

  • Joan Lucas Jordan says:

    Dear Wes and family, So sorry to hear about Joyce’s passing. I lost Wayne a few months ago so I know the pain of losing a partner of almost 62 years. Hope you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of the Moose dances, the Pismo dance contests and the other trips we all took together. I am smiling when I remember the campouts we had at Oakhurst Elks, Santa Maria Elks and Cambria Beans & Jeans celebration. Love, Joan

  • Larry Taylor says:

    Wes, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have long missed our business and travel conversations at Bank of the West.

  • Judy Lindeleaf says:

    Dear DeBusk Family, We are saddened to learn of the passing of Joyce, but know she is at peace. We had a great neighborhood, together on Mesa It was always good to be able to see our children and grandchildren get together. Equally good was the many chats with Joyce and you, Wes, getting caught up with our families’ doings. I am also saddened to hear of Wesley’s passing. He brought much joy and pride to all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The very best to you all, now and forever. Judy, Jerry Lindeleaf and Family

  • Betty Barber says:

    Dear Wes,
    Mitchell School I remember well! I returned there from a year at Applegate School when I was in 4th grade. I had Mrs Willson for 5th, then I transferred to OLM when we moved to Merced. So, I remember you and Joyce from MHS. You were always among my favorite people!
    I am so sorry for your loss–the article in the Sun Star was lovely. Hurray that we have children (and grands!) to continue our family traditions. I am in touch with Nancy Jones Meister in Mariposa. She sends her condolences, too. She is not doing well, so I send her our old Sun Stars so that she can keep up with Merced!
    Howard taught Spanish at MHS for 35 years. Our 6 children all graduated from there, too. One granddaughter is an MHS grad. The other 4 in Merced went to Golden Valley High School. This year we have 6 grands in college–next year it will be 7! Three have already graduated (from CalPoly and USC), and we have 6 more to go!
    Do keep us informed of your life and family. Annetta does a great job of sharing the news.
    Sincerely, Betty Lou Passadori Barber

  • Kay Provost says:

    Dear Wes and family,
    Jim and I are so very sorry to hear of your loss. My 62 years of marriage – what an accomplishment and what a precious photo of Joyce.
    A special hug for our favorite banker and baseball coach,
    Kay and Jim Provost

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