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Dorothy Joyce Gahan, a longtime resident of San Clemente, died December 20, 2016. Joyce was born May 5, 1926 in North Dakota. She spent her early years in the small town of Libby, Montana before moving to Spokane, Washington to attend St. Luke’s Hospital “School of Nursing.” It was in Spokane that she met her husband, Harold Gahan. They were married in Seattle, Washington shortly after Joyce’s graduation from
nursing school in 1947.
The Family moved to California in 1951 where Joyce began her nursing career. For the next 47 years Joyce held a number of positions in the nursing field but her favorite of all time was as one of Orange County’s first Infectious Control Nurses. Joyce is preceded in death by her husband Harold, sister Evelyn Lieurance, and brother Lawrence Morrill. She leaves four children: Mike (Nancy), Jerry; Kevin, Terrie (Steve Ayers), seven grandchildren: Kevin Gahan (Cindy), Kelly (Justin Eide), Kristin Gahan, Matt Gahan, Andrew Gahan, Haley Ayers, Ian Ayers, and three great grandchildren: Kristy Gahan, Reese and Reed Eide. She is survived by her brother, Bill Morrill and a half-brother, John Beebe.
She will be greatly missed and forever loved by her family.