Joyce Elaine Savannah Fletcher was born in Los Angeles, California on April 8, 1950 to her parents Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. And Bernice Fletcher. She was the middle child and only girl and grew up with her brothers, Charles and Freddie. During his military service, Papa Fletcher relocated the family to Tacoma, Washington. Joyce attended Stadium High School in Tacoma where she met James. B. Wells. Joyce and James were married during her senior year and Joyce delivered her beloved daughter Sylvia. Joyce amazingly was able to simultaneously marry, deliver her first child, and complete high
school on time. As a young married woman and mother, Joyce was a hard worker and determined to continue her education. She completed Cosmetology School and became the first African American licensed cosmetologist to work for Frederick N. Nelson, later known as Nordstrom. Joyce and James delivered their second child, a bouncing baby boy, Jaymes Jr. on February 26, 1969. After her time as a cosmetologist, Joyce transitioned to a career with the United States Postal Service. She diligently worked for the federal government and ultimately retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Joyce was an avid gardener and loved growing her own organic vegetables and herbs in her garden. Joyce made her transition peacefully surrounded by her family on March 3, 2023. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick L. Fletcher and Bernice Vivian Fletcher, her husband James B. Wells Sr, and her eldest brother Charles R. Fletcher.
Joyce leaves behind her daughter Sylvia (Wells) Brantley her husband Elder Raymond Brantley, son Jaymes B. Wells, Jr., grandchildren Braxton Moses IV, Darron (Deejay) Clark, Jr., Chanel (Shay) Christiansen, Ariyon Wells, Eliana Wells, Cayden Jaymes Wells, Youngest brother Freddie Fletcher, Jr., nieces Tia and Tierra Fletcher, nephew Damon Fletcher, cousin-Goddaughter Crystal Rohrig. 4 Great’ granddaughters Jhania, Zahmia, A’Layjah, Mehlani Moses.
Joyce will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Services will be held at 3pm, Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Scott Funeral Home.