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Monday, April 29, 2019

Remembering Joyce Morey


Past President, San Mateo County Genealogical Society 3 July 1960 - 17 March 2019


Joyce Carol Nelson Morey of Belmont, California, passed away March 17, 2019 from ovarian cancer in Redwood City surrounded by her loving family.

We remember and love Joyce for her energy and enthusiasm, her inspiration and leadership, and the many projects and procedures that she spearheaded at SMCGS. She became a member in 2000, joined the board in 2014 as the newsletter editor, and then served as president from 2016-2017 until she was diagnosed with cancer.  



Joyce made it easy for members, non-members, and other societies to connect with SMCGS. 

She was inspired in her vision for SMCGS and tackled project after project making overall structural enhancements and opening new opportunities. For the record, here are some of the things that Joyce did at SMCGS:


  New, powerful website with online calendar
  Online portal for membership, seminar registrations, donations
  Social media with Facebook and Pinterest accounts
  Digitization of all past SMCGS proceedings, including newsletters, board minutes, scrapbooks
  Email news, webinars, member interest surveys
  Connections with local genealogical societies and events
  SMCGS table at seminars, new membership letters, seminar registration order tracking

Joyce was born in San Mateo and grew up in Belmont. She graduated from Carlmont High School in 1978, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA in 1982. She married Ed Morey in 1988 and is survived by him, their three children Eddie, Jessica, and Joshua, her mother Patricia Nelson, sister Janet Weaver, and brother James Nelson.

Joyce was fun. She had a great sense of humor and a passion for family history. She had her own accounting business, was an avid genealogist, and brought people together. She belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution, was president of the San Mateo County Genealogical Society, and attended Peninsula Covenant Church for 29 years.

A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held on May 4, 2019, 2:00 pm at Peninsula Covenant Church, 3560 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City. Anyone and everyone who loved Joyce is welcome – wear purple, it was her favorite color. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce’s name to SMCGS, DAR, or the Ovarian Cancer Society are welcome.

Cards of sympathy can be sent to: The Morey Family, 2206 Ewell Road, Belmont, CA 94002

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