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Joyce Rollings

Joyce Lord Rollings died Sept. 23 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nev., from complications caused by pneumonia. She was 82.

A celebration of life will be at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 21, at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

For information, contact Gayle Vance at 530-272-8954 or Mark Vance at 530-478-0776.



She was born in 1928 in Logan, Utah, to William and Edna Ehmann. She grew up in Sacramento and graduated from University of the Pacific in Stockton.

After college, she moved back to Sacramento, got married and had four children. There she taught violin and piano, directed various church choirs and raised her family.




In 1962, the family moved to Carmichael, Calif., Joyce taught choir at La Sierra High School and toured with her group, Sound Express.

She was a successful teacher/mentor and developed relationships with students and faculty that continued to flourish until her death.

In 1977, she retired from teaching and moved to Grass Valley where she started her second career with her daughter, Gayle. The Apple Fare Restaurant started as an apple orchard in Peardale, Calif., along the Colfax Highway (174).

It grew and moved into Nevada City in 1983 and eventually to Grass Valley.

The Apple Fare was a family restaurant in the true sense of the word. All her children and grandchildren worked at the Apple Fare at one time or another. Joyce cooked, baked her famous pies and visited with the patrons.

In 2003, the family closed The Apple Fare. Joyce continued to teach music privately and knit.

She is survived by her four children, Terry Jackson of Reno, Gayle Vance of Grass Valley, Lynne Hampton of Sacramento, and Mark Vance of Nevada City; her eight loving grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.


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