PASO ROBLES — Joyce Marilyn Poalillo, 81, died on Jan. 3, 2013, from complications stemming from a heart condition that she had contracted as a child and was able to overcome until recently.
Joyce was born in Antler, N.D., on Aug. 3, 1931. Her parents were Leonard and Ettamae Johnson. Joyce lived in North Dakota until she had finished both high school and North Dakota State University. Her father had sold a Ford car to a customer in Los Angeles and needed it delivered, so Joyce and some of her classmates volunteered.
Once in L.A., Joyce worked for Bank of America, as well as the well known department store, Eastern Columbia. Utlimately, she worked for Seaboard Finance until she met her husband, Charles, with whom the love story began and continued for 56 years. Once Charlie had met her, there was no question in his mind that one day she would be his wife. They were married in 1954. Charlie was a general assignment photographer for the Los Angeles Daily News. His approach to courting Joyce was to ask if she would accompany him on news assignments in the evening.
Charlie often had Joyce appear in his photos when he needed to show a person at play or at work. Through his lens he saw the most beautiful woman on earth. After retiring from the newspaper business, Charlie and Joyce established a commercial photography business. Because of his travel industry clientele, they were able to take many cruises and visit vacation venues together. The beautiful woman in the photographs was always Joyce.
In 1973, Joyce and Charlie began a new chapter in their life, when they acquired the Casteel Ranch in Paso Robles. It was 125 acres of walnuts and wine grapes.
Joyce fell in love with the land and the fruits it produced — especially the grapes — and her early experience in the area served to put her in a position to become a preeminent Realtor in North County, being both well informed and widely respected regarding real estate in general and land and ranches in particular.
Many of today’s grape growers and wineries did business with Joyce for that reason. In addition to her skill and knowledge, she was also known for her leadership ability, having served twice as the president of the Board of Realtors and in other capacities as well.
Joyce was known as a thorough and tough negotiator, but was also known for her professionalism. She practiced real estate brokeage in the area for 35 years, finishing her career with Coldwell Banker, Premier Real Estate in Paso Robles.
Joyce was preceded in death by her son, Richard.
She is survived by her husband, Charles; daughter, Susan Garretson; son, Andrew Poalillo; two grandchildren, Sara and Andrew Garretson.
She previously was part owner of Coldwell Bank Dan Blough Realty in Atascadero.For the complete article see the 01-30-2013 issue.
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