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Joyce Matthews

Joyce Kathleen Matthews (Giddens)

Wednesday, October 15th, 1947 - Saturday, April 6th, 2019
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Joyce Kathleen Giddens Matthews passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2019. She was born in Refugio, Texas on October 15, 1947 to J.T. and Effie Giddens. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, George, her niece Sarah and nephews Charles and Aaron. She leaves behind a loving family including her mother-in-law, Marguerite Matthews, sister in law, Cecily Cano (husband Roland), brothers in law Dennis Matthews (wife Cindy) and Charles Matthews. Although Joyce was an only child her life-long friendship with Ronnie Koliba existed as a sibling relationship.

Joyce graduated from Victoria High School and attended Our Lady of the Lake and graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio during the late 1960’s, a time of great political change in the city and for which she was a strong supporter and activist.

Joyce’s first passion was art. She worked in mediums of oil, watercolors, and lithography. Her capabilities in all means and methods started at an early age where the paintings were winning prizes and selling on the open market even before she was out of high school. Over the years her medium turn to latex when she began designing and painting sets for shows. This started while she was still in high school painting the sets for The Music Man and My Fair Lady. It continued for many years with work on other VISD productions and productions for Victoria College as well as for The Victoria Community Theatre.

Joyce was also passionate about the fine arts. She worked as stage/production manager with the Victoria Fine Arts Association and the Victoria Symphony for more than 28 years. She sang with the Victoria Bach Festival during its early and formative years and supported the festival activities each year. For nearly forty years Joyce worked with Theatre Victoria designing lighting for many plays and musicals. She was a founding member of Victoria Summer Musical Reportory Company. She served as technical director for musicals at Victoria College for over 24 years designing and building sets and creating lighting for many shows. A particular favorite were productions with the Victoria Children’s Chorus. Another special event was Swan Lake at the Duck Pond held in the Riverside Park in 1983.

Joyce married George Matthews on August 16, 1980. Although they had no children of their own they mentored many actors and techies over more than thirty-eight years, many of whom now work in professional theatre or are involved in theatre productions in their current hometowns.

Joyce was an avid historian which included the Texas of 10,000 years ago. She was a member of the Texas State Historical Commission and helped organize a state-wide meeting in Victoria while still in high school. She went on many field trips in Victoria County but also in many summer archaeological digs around Texas. She, along with her parents found many artifacts, some of which reside in the Museum of the Coastal Bend.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm with a funeral service at 4:00 pm at Grace Funeral Home. A private burial will be held Friday.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to any of the arts organizations Joyce supported during her lifetime.

Thoughts and memories may be shared online at www.gracefuneralhome.net. Arrangements and services under the personal care of Grace Funeral Homes & Cemeteries
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Grace Funeral Home
    Address
    2401 Houston Highway
    VICTORIA, TX 77901
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    Funeral Service will be at 4:00 pm.
  • Service

    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    When
    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 4:00pm
    Location
    Grace Funeral Home
    Address
    2401 Houston Highway
    VICTORIA, TX 77901
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Michael Boyd

Posted at 11:18am
Our memories of Joyce begin, as it should, in the theatre here in Victoria , Texas. She was a founding member of the golden age of musical theatre here in Victoria, Texas ,of the Victoria Summer Musical Repetory Company (VSMRC) and her talents(which were many) were evident in each show we presented. I always enjoyed the set construction days as much as rehearsing and performing, but I especially enjoyed the banter between Joyce and Ronnie Koliba....definitely on the level of very close siblings. My children grew up around Joyce and George and my daughter Felicia continued her association with them until the present day.....a tribute to her lasting influence and mentoring on many young and upcoming theatre aficionados. Both Joyce and George were supportive of our theatrical efforts at St Joseph High School for many years, always attending performances and always coming down afterward for a very positive critique and discussion after the show... my wife and I will sorely miss that for sure. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family now, especially with George , her theatre “partner in crime”. People referred to them not as individuals , but always as “George and Joyce” ( and yes, Joyce was nice enough to allow George top billing). So, Rest In peace Joyce.....know that your life here in earth matter to many very much and your influence on many was positive and great. We will miss you but we will hold our fond memories of all those years in our hearts and minds.
Michael and Wanda Boyd
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Ricky & Carol Lenz

Posted at 06:23pm
We were sorry to hear that Joyce had passed away. She was such a kind, thoughtful person who always had a smile on her face. I
grew up with up her on Wisteria Street many years. We know that she will be missed by many people. May God bless the entire
Matthews family during your time of loss.
JT

James Alan Thacker

Posted at 02:44pm
Joyce asked me to be a part of VSMRC around 1982. From then on out I was hooked. She taught me set's, lighting, staging, and oh so much more. We worked on many shows from local to traveling productions. I was so honored to be apart of Joyce and Georges lives. Especially when asked to help them out on the special shows, Swan Lake at the Duck Ponds, South Pacific, Sweeney Todd and so many , many more. Besides shows there were concerts at the college auditorium, Chuck Mangioni, Roy Clark, New Christie Minstrels, just to mention a few. We even drafted my wife in learning everything. I considered them more than friends but Family. So many projects and shows we did together, too many to mention. But it was never a job but an adventure! We managed to always have fun. Even when we played the prank on the College Choir during one of their Talent shows. We danced across the back stage while they faced the audience singing and dancing. The audience laughed and the choir couldn't understand why they were laughing! We had so much fun!! I will miss your fun spirit, your art, your talent, and most of all your friendship. Until we meet again,
Love you,
James Alan & Ann Thacker plus Randy, Candice, Eloise and Michael.
JF

James Alan & Ann H. Thacker and Family

Posted at 01:27pm
To a wonderful friend, mentor and inspiration. You taught me so much and gave me new appreciation for theater. You will be missed.
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