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In Memory of

Joyce Colton Prior Vogt

November 18, 1924 - August 8, 2017

Obituary


Joyce C. Vogt went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 8, 2017.

Joyce Eleanor Colton was born on November 18, 1924, in Pittsfield, Vermont, to Charles and Lena Colton. She was born in a small house in Pittsfield Village. When she was about two years old her family moved to the large farm house in Pittsfield which would be the home she would grow up in and still remains in the Colton family.

Joyce had two younger brothers, Melvin and Gary. From a young age, Joyce loved music and...

Joyce C. Vogt went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 8, 2017.

Joyce Eleanor Colton was born on November 18, 1924, in Pittsfield, Vermont, to Charles and Lena Colton. She was born in a small house in Pittsfield Village. When she was about two years old her family moved to the large farm house in Pittsfield which would be the home she would grow up in and still remains in the Colton family.

Joyce had two younger brothers, Melvin and Gary. From a young age, Joyce loved music and played the piano by ear. She could listen to a record or song on the radio and sit down and play it.

Joyce enjoyed school and it was always her dream to become a teacher so after graduating from Whitcomb High School, she attended Castleton State Teacher's College where she earned her teaching certificate. Her first teaching position was in a one room school house where she taught all eight grades.

At a dance for returning service men from WWII, Joyce met her first love, Erwin Prior, whom she married on June 28, 1947. They built a home in Rutland, Vermont, and soon welcomed two daughters to their family, Janis and Jean. In 1956 they made the big decision to move to California and settled in Visalia. Joyce enjoyed being a homemaker but loved being involved with the girls schools as well as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. Later she would work several years as an Avon representative and a sales clerk at Mervyns.

On September 10, 1977, Joyce married Fred Vogt and they enjoyed many years together traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Joyce also loved to write poetry and children's stories. She published a book of her poems and enjoyed giving them to friends.

Even though Joyce spent many more years in California than Vermont, she was very much a Vermonter at heart often reminiscing about the fall colors, maple syrup and the old homestead in Pittsfield.

Joyce has been a member of Gateway Church (First Baptist) since 1974 where she especially enjoyed the music whether it was the organ, choir, orchestra or handbells. The old hymns were her favorite.

Since September, 2012, Joyce has struggled with dementia and has called Quail Park Memory Care her home. Her family would like to thank them for the excellent love and care they have shown Joyce over the years. They became not only Joyce's family but our family too. We have laughed, cried, and prayed together through the years. Thank you to each one of them who has given so sacrificially to care for our Mom. We also would like to thank the Kaweah Hospice for giving their love, time and skills to care for Joyce. Your guidance and friendship helped us through some difficult times.

Joyce is survived by her daughters, Janis Garber and husband Ed, Jean Lamb and husband Bruce, five grandchildren - Shana Matamala (George), Eric Garber (Anja), Mike Lamb, Daniel Lamb (Katie) and Joseph Lamb (Amanda) and nine great grandchildren - Corrina Matamala, Marvin Matamala, Lillian Garber, Julia Garber, Kamryn Lamb, Penny Lamb, June Lamb, Elijah Lamb and Josiah Lamb. In addition she has two more great grandchildren on the way! She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews in Vermont.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Garden of Hope Ministries, 2828 W. Taylor Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291 in Joyce's name. Garden of Hope makes beautiful custom quilts that are given to the sick and bedridden. Joyce received one while she was at Quail Park and it is a treasure.