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Joyce El­iz­a­beth West passed un­ex­pect­edly on Au­gust 7, 2017 at her home in Memo­rial. She is sur­vived by her hus­band of 34 years, David T. West, sis­ter-in-law Con­nie L. West, Cousin Tim West all of Hous­ton, and Cousin Stephanie West of San Diego, CA. She also left be­hind Na­dia, her 9 year old Husky mix and Ginger her 5 year old Tiger Cal­ico, both of whom she loved dearly. She had nu­mer­ous rel­a­tives of her pa­ter­nal (Knight) and ma­ter­nal (Baker) fam­i­lies in East Texas and the Hous­ton area in­clud­ing Frank Baker, Bobby Baker, Dale Baker, Kim Dudzik, and many many more. She had a very spe­cial fam­ily of friends in the White fam­ily of Hous­ton in­clud­ing Carl White, Lucy Turoff, Eli­nor Tin­g­ley and their spouses and chil­dren. She also had a very spe­cial long term friend Richard Lud­wig of Cor­pus Christi.

Joyce was born in Hous­ton on Au­gust 17, 1958 to Wil­liam (Billy) Knight and Frances Baker. Her par­ents, and her brothers Clif­ford and Wayne Knight, all pre­ceded her in pass­ing. Joyce at­tended Ross Ster­ling High and re­ceived As­so­ciate De­grees from Bauder and HCC. She spent the ma­jor­ity of her ca­reer at Hous­ton Light­ing & Power start­ing in the power plant pro­ject man­age­ment area, then moved to the legal de­part­ment, and fi­nally Hu­man Re­sources. She ended her 25 year ca­reer at HL&P as the Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant of Hu­man Re­sources and en­joyed work­ing with all her co­work­ers and par­tic­u­larly Su­san Faber, who was her boss and friend.

While re­tired, Joyce was an ar­dent sup­porter of an­i­mal res­cue groups and vet­er­ans/wounded war­rior causes. Whether it be a dog (her fa­vorite an­i­mal of all), cat, horse, tiger, and even burro’s, she tire­lessly did what she could to sup­port their res­cue and care. All of her pets were res­cues and she had many through the years, typ­i­cally three dogs at a time. Chil­dren’s or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­vided medical and food as­sis­tance world-wide were also fa­vorite char­i­ties for Joyce. Ba­si­cally, Joyce cared for the dis­en­fran­chised far more than for her own needs.

There will be a small pri­vate cer­e­mony to spread Joyce’s ashes at a lo­ca­tion that meant very much to her. She was a truly beau­ti­ful lady, in­side and out, and her wish would be for ev­ery­one to con­tinue to sup­port their char­i­ties of choice as much as they pos­si­ble can.

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