Joyce Beach Best, 93, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 29th at home in Raleigh, N.C.. Joyce was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on February 5th, 1926. She was proud to live in Australia with her Mum and 9 brothers and sisters until marrying her Texas-born husband, Arthur Lee Best, in 1945. Joyce proudly became an American citizen in 1956, and she raised her much-loved family with Art in Texas, moving with Art to North Carolina later in life.
Surviving Joyce are sons James Ashley Best, wife Mariah, of Raleigh, N.C.; Thomas Arthur Best, wife Glenda, of Kingsville, TX; daughter Sandra Lee Atkinson, husband Grant of Wilmington, N.C. Joyce was Nana to her grandchildren Tracy, Robin, Dustin, Heather, Ashley, Nichole, Michelle, Thomas Arthur (Beau), Charlie, and Jordan. She was also GiGi , great-grandmother, to Maddie, Cannon, Olivia, Kinley, Thomas Arthur, MaKenna, Kyler, Jaedyn, Rex, Ramsey, Cash, Addie, Crosby, Philip and Garrett. Joyce was a kind, genuine, woman who so dearly loved her family and friends she made while living in Australia, Texas, and North Carolina. She loved life and experienced joy with many church groups and senior groups in her various home cities.
Joyce was blessed with love, compassion, and care from so many, and the family wishes to thank everyone for enriching Joyce’s life in their own unique way. In particular, the family would like to thank her church family at North Raleigh United Methodist Church, Dr. Gary Bean and Ms. Amie Clarke, P.A., and staff at Raleigh Family Practice for taking such wonderful care of her for the past 12 years, Ms. Martha Timbers for the exceptional care, friendship and ministry for the past years, and Transitions LifeCare of Raleigh, especially nurse Teri, for making her transition so peaceful and dignified.
Anyone wishing to honor Joyce’s memory should do so in their favorite way or consider Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC, 27606 or North Raleigh United Methodist Church, 8501 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh, NC 27615. The family will gather at a later time to honor Joyce’s life.