Joyce Zarubin

Joyce was born on Oct 9, 1934, in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of James L. and Mattye  “Mimi” Goff.  Joyce died in Maryville, Tennessee,  on May 6, 2020, at the age of 85.  A memorial service will be held on May 30 at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern via the video conferencing service Zoom.  The service will be led by Rev. Laura Bogle, minister of the Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Maryville, Tennessee.  A family memorial and a scattering of the ashes will take place near Monterey, California, one of Joyce’s favorite places, when travel permits. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joyce’s name to a charity of your choice.

Joyce grew up in Los Angeles, California, where her father James Goff owned an auto repair garage and was a boxer and jack of all trades. Her mother was a seamstress, gardener extraordinaire and singer.  In 1952 Joyce graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles. She then graduated from Stanford University Medical Center’s Nursing School.

Joyce met Valerian Zarubin at the First Covenant Church in San Francisco and they were married in 1957.  Joyce and Valerian welcomed four sons (Mark, Douglas, Stanley James and David) into their family.   They were divorced several years later and Joyce moved to Campbell, California, in 1973.

Joyce spent a number of years as a psychiatric nurse providing care mostly at El Camino Hospital.  She then completed a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. She helped countless clients over many years as they worked through their personal struggles and achievements. 

In 2002 she retired to Maryville, Tennessee, where she lived out her years close to her sisters, Jean and Charlotte.

An accomplished singer and musician, Joyce grew up singing with her sisters and continued to perform in her church choir. Joyce loved singing and music ranging from Joan Baez to opera. She especially loved singing the old hymns with her sisters.

Joyce loved to sew, create jewelry and other crafts. Her sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews treasure the gifts she made for them over the years. 

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Mark Zarubin of Mendocino, California; James Zarubin of Maryville, Tennessee; Doug and Mieko Zarubin of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; David and Solveig Zarubin of San Mateo, California; her sister, Charlotte Goff of Maryville, Tennessee; her grandchildren, Michael Zarubin, Anna Zarubin, Octavia Zarubin, Kyle Zarubin, and John Austin Zarubin; her great-grandson Aiden Zarubin; her nieces and nephews, Jennifer Deutsch of Hidden Valley, California; Glynna Goff of Anacortes, Washington; Craig Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee; Elaine Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee; Jimmy Smith of Los Angeles, California;  Scott Bachelder of Anderson, California; and many cousins, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her brother James Douglas Goff, and her twin sister Jean Goff Smith.

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