Joyce Diane Trimingham
June 20, 1933 - April 27, 2023
Sacramento, California - Joyce Diane (Harris) Trimingham
June 20th 1933 to April 27th 2023
On Thursday April 27th at 2:42pm we lost our devoted mother Joyce Trimingham due to complications of pneumonia. Joyce is in a better place now, reunited with her husband Robert Trimingham. Joyce was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother and is survived by her brother Jack Harris and sister Charlaine Case, as well as sons David and Jim (Vicki) and grandchildren Andy, Talea, Sophie, and Ella.
Joyce was born in Sacramento to father Jack Harris Sr. and mother Serene Harris. Joyce lived off of 38th Street where she attended Sacramento High School and graduated with the class of 1951. Joyce later went on to attend and graduate from the University of California, Berkeley where she obtained a degree in teaching. It was at Berkeley where she met and later married Robert Trimingham with whom she shared 41 years of happy marriage.
Following her graduation from Cal, she followed her husband to Iran where they lived and worked for two years. Upon returning to Sacramento, Joyce and Robert settled in South Sacramento and Joyce began following her passion and working as an elementary school teacher, first at Woodbine Elementary and then at her neighborhood elementary school, Parkway Elementary.
Joyce taught both 3rd and 5th grades for 25 years absolutely loved her job. Some of the highlights from her career include writing to and getting autographs from very important people including Kings and Queens from around the world, U.S. presidents, and famous athletes. Joyce single handedly orchestrated events at Parkway like a mockup of the Calaveras frog jumping contest and a yearly re-enactment of the two U.S. Railroads meeting in Promontory Utah for the Golden Spike ceremony. Joyce would have her students role play and the local television and newspapers would usually do a story on these events. Even today her former students remember Joyce and the opportunities she gave them during their elementary school years.
Joyce was very active in her local community and was on her neighborhood association for many years acting as historian and communications director, putting together and sending out the monthly news letter. Joyce also had a passion for animals, as she collected and raised several California desert tortoises and was an active member in the Sacramento Turtle and
Tortoise club. In addition, Joyce had a special bunny named Peanut. Peanut was quite famous and even earned time on the local TV as he was able to predict upcoming earthquakes in California, becoming agitated and thumping loudly with his back feet when an earthquake was about to occur!
Joyce loved to garden, learning many tips from her mother when visiting her at her house in Muir Beach. Joyce combined this with her love of photography and would take and print beautiful photos of the sunflowers, Dahlias, and other flowers which she was growing. Finally, Joyce had quite an adventurous spirit as she travelled all over the world and was most proud of earning a pilots license, although twice having to land her plane in farmer's fields to ask for directions to the nearest airport.
We will miss our beloved Mother and Grandmother but know that she is in a better place and can finally rest in peace. Burial services for Joyce Trimingham will take place June 20th at 11:00am at East Lawn Memorial Park & East Sacramento Mortuary at 4300 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, Cal 95819 with wake to follow.