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Joyce Cuslidge
Joyce Ann Cuslidge, 52, passed away at home peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 8, surrounded by her family and friends.

She had fought a valiant fight against pancreatic cancer for a little over a year.

Born on Nov. 11, 1954, she was raised in San Francisco and while growing up there with her two brothers, Julian and Jon, she enjoyed playing ice hockey and broom ball. She spent time fishing with her father and shopping with her mother.

Mrs. Cuslidge later moved from Pacifica to the Oakdale area. She provided vigorous and vivacious support to her sons, Jesse and Neil, in whatever endeavor they tried and worked hard as a single mom to provide everything that her boys needed to succeed.

She would make her presence known at all the boys' basketball games by being the loudest and most supportive fan.

A fantastic preschool teacher, 'teacher Joyce' first taught preschool at Little Oaks Preschool and then at The Learning Tree Preschool for the past 14 years. She has touched the hearts and lives of many children and their families in the Oakdale area.

A lover of the outdoors, she enjoyed camping at Hell's Kitchen, Cherry Lake and would kayak whenever she could. Mrs. Cuslidge also enjoyed eating out with her friends and her boys at local Mexican restaurants and drove frequently to San Francisco to have authentic Chinese food with her parents. She loved hanging out at the beaches in the Santa Cruz area and her favorite place to play - even in adulthood - was at Disneyland.

Survivors include her sons, Jesse Cuslidge and Neil Cuslidge, both of Oakdale; her parents, Edward and Dolores Froeschle of San Francisco; her brother, Jon, of Millbrae; Uncle Ralph and Aunt Carol Hutchison of Washington; Uncle Bob and Aunt Jane Froeschle of Austin, Texas; former husband, Michael Cuslidge of Montana; Michael's parents Gerald and Beth Cuslidge of Daly City; Michael's siblings Mr. and Mrs. Brian Cuslidge of Angels Camp and Scott Cuslidge of Patterson; and many beloved friends.

A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church, 1480 Poplar St., Oakdale.

Memorial contributions may be made to an account set up at Washington Mutual in Joyce's name or to the Community Hospice Foundation, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Sept. 19, 2007