In memory of
Joyce McLean Speaks
In memory of
Joyce McLean Speaks
Joyce McLean Speaks Rancho Mirage - Joyce McLean Speaks died peacefully in Rancho Mirage, California on October 25, 2020 at the age of 96. Born March 21, 1924, at Glasnevin, her family's sheep station in north Canterbury, New Zealand, she was the daughter of the late George Norman McLean and Margaret May McLean (née Daw). During World War II, on a blind date she met an American Army officer, Robert John Speaks, and the two were married in July 1944 at St Mark's Anglican Church, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand. After the war's end she sailed to San Francisco on the celebrated Matson Lines ship, the SS Lurline, with other war brides from New Zealand and Australia. Over the next two decades her husband's distinguished Army career took them to assignments all around the country and overseas to Brazil and the Panama Canal Zone. Growing up in an equestrian family, she loved riding and showing her horses. After she married she became an avid and accomplished golfer, was an active member in the Episcopal Church and was a consummate volunteer, both as an Army wife and after her husband's retirement in the civilian communities where they lived. A favorite non-profit was the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) in Beaufort, South Carolina, where her husband was an active board member for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years and is survived by her two children, Janice Speaks Cullen of Easton, Maryland and Robert McLean Speaks of Rancho Mirage, California; her 99 year old sister, Muriel Patricia Davis née McLean, of Melbourne (Brighton), Australia; sons-in-law Patrick W. Cullen and Edward J. Arcuri; and nieces and a nephew. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to CAPA, Beaufort, South Carolina ( https://capabeaufort.org ); St Margaret's Episcopal Church, Palm Desert, California ( www.stmargarets.org ) or the charity of your choice. There will be a memorial service and inurnment at St Margaret's Episcopal Church, after the pandemic has abated. Online condolences may be offered to the family at https://www.legacy.com
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
In memory of
Joyce McLean Speaks
Joyce McLean Speaks Rancho Mirage - Joyce McLean Speaks died peacefully in Rancho Mirage, California on October 25, 2020 at the age of 96. Born March 21, 1924, at Glasnevin, her family's sheep station in north Canterbury, New Zealand, she was the daughter of the late George Norman McLean and Margaret May McLean (née Daw). During World War II, on a blind date she met an American Army officer, Robert John Speaks, and the two were married in July 1944 at St Mark's Anglican Church, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand. After the war's end she sailed to San Francisco on the celebrated Matson Lines ship, the SS Lurline, with other war brides from New Zealand and Australia. Over the next two decades her husband's distinguished Army career took them to assignments all around the country and overseas to Brazil and the Panama Canal Zone. Growing up in an equestrian family, she loved riding and showing her horses. After she married she became an avid and accomplished golfer, was an active member in the Episcopal Church and was a consummate volunteer, both as an Army wife and after her husband's retirement in the civilian communities where they lived. A favorite non-profit was the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) in Beaufort, South Carolina, where her husband was an active board member for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years and is survived by her two children, Janice Speaks Cullen of Easton, Maryland and Robert McLean Speaks of Rancho Mirage, California; her 99 year old sister, Muriel Patricia Davis née McLean, of Melbourne (Brighton), Australia; sons-in-law Patrick W. Cullen and Edward J. Arcuri; and nieces and a nephew. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to CAPA, Beaufort, South Carolina ( https://capabeaufort.org ); St Margaret's Episcopal Church, Palm Desert, California ( www.stmargarets.org ) or the charity of your choice. There will be a memorial service and inurnment at St Margaret's Episcopal Church, after the pandemic has abated. Online condolences may be offered to the family at https://www.legacy.com
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47535 CA-74
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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