Joyce Christine Di Mauro, youngest child of Philip and Theresa, sister of Philip Jr. and Celeste, and fourth grandchild of Carmela, was director of marketing design for Inter-Continental Hotels Corp (ICH). She was in London, England, in December 1988, to help with preparations for an international conference. Like so many people aboard Pan Am 103, she was hurrying home to be with her family at Christmas.
Born in the Bronx, New York, Joyce attended Public School 71 and Villa Maria Academy. She developed an interest in graphic design soon after starting at Cardinal Spellman High School, where she enrolled in a special art program. Joyce earned her college degree at Parson's School of Design, and lived in Manhattan, New York. She began her professional career at Hertz Corp., and joined ICH in 1982.
Joyce was nurtured by a close and loving extended family, enjoying special relationships with her aunts, uncles, and cousins. She belonged to an affectionate and cohesive generation of the family that includes seven first cousins in addition to her sister and brother. In terms of age, she was right in the middle of the group, which may have had something to do with her role as a powerful unifying force within the family. Joyce was the sort of person who made the most of the little things, like picking up a perfect gift for someone during her travels - no special occasion necessary. And when people really needed her, whether they were family members, friends, or coworkers, Joyce always made an extraordinary effort to lend support.
Joyce's kindness and concern sprang from her natural ability to see the world from points of view other than her own. She could reach out with an open mind and an open heart, a quality that new acquaintances often found absolutely disarming. Her sincerity and charm won the devotion of many friends in New York and in the countries to which she traveled in her work.
One of her colleagues wrote to the family, "Many people are better
off for having known and loved this sensitive, enthusiastic, caring,
and beautiful woman. I'll always carry her memory with me and use
all she taught me about being 'Joyce-like' in the future."
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