Joyce Annette Hawk Williams passed away peacefully on April 13, 2019 in her Lake Havasu, Arizona home.  She was born April 4, 1940 to Mary Ford and Artless Hawk Jr. and was raised in Port Huron Michigan where she graduated from Port Huron High School and Port Huron Community College as a Registered Nurse.  She continued her education at Michigan State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

After her graduation from MSU she relocated to Los Angeles, California and continued her education at the University of California, Los Angeles where she received a masters degree in Public Health with emphasis in Community Health.  She worked over 40 years as a registered nurse and assisted in establishing the Sickle Cell screening program at Martin Luther king hospital in Los Angeles CA. Joyce retired as a professor of nursing from Southwest Community College in 2007

She also enjoyed traveling and worked as a registered nurse overseas for a year.  Some of her travels included but were not limited to Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, France, and England, and many other locations. Besides traveling, her other interests include, boating, fishing, and reading.

Joyce is survived by four siblings, four daughters, nine grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life is tentatively planned for July 20th.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Salvation Army


The Joyce A Hawk Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund for LA Southwest College Nursing Students

Make check payable to 

Southwest College Foundation

Re: Joyce Williams memorial Scholarship


Los Angeles Southwest College

Attn: Alumuhtada Smith

1600 W. Imperial Hwy

Los Angeles, CA. 90047

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Celebration of Life for Joyce Hawk Williams

Celebration of Life will be on Friday August 30th at the Burton Chace Park Marina Del Rey
13650 Mindanao Way (near admiralty way) 1:30 pm to 4pm
Marina Del Rey, CA. 90292

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Gonna miss you God Mother

Shared by Taz Wade on April 30, 2019

The news of your passing comes as a great disappointment. I know that you have linked up with my mom and yall are probably having a party together. I can remember going to your house and having some of the best times of my life. You will never be forgotten. You will remain in my heart and I will continue to strive for excellence as I know you are watching over me. Despite bad choices early in life you never once treated me different or gave up on me. For that I thank you and love you always.