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Joyce Stenger

Joyce Anne Sabol Stenger of Friendswood, Texas ( formerly of Topeka, Kansas) died on July 29, 2015 from Multiple Myeloma Cancer, at age 74.

She was born in Akron, Ohio on July 22, 1941. She attended early school education in Topeka, Kansas and graduated from Seaman High School. By 1966 she was married had two children and divorced. During that time, she worked at Goodyear Tire (Topeka Division) as a management trainee. Through Goodyear she was able to complete her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Washburn University in May 1988. After being layed off, she packed her car, moved to Clear Lake, Texas where she became a technical writer supporting sub_contractors to NASA at Johnson Space Center. In 2002, while on medical leave from Lockheed/Martin, she decided to start her own business. As a woman owned entrepreneur, she worked from home writing, editing, and evaluating documents for numerous sources. "C3" Configuration Control Crew was launched.

She was an avid grower of African violets with hundreds of show ribbons at the local, regional, and national level. She became a Master Judge and enjoyed giving seminars, lectures, and writing articles on just how to grow this specialty plant.

In 1991, Joyce and eleven others, founded the Mid-Atlantic African Violet Society in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 9th, 1991, when she was a member of the Sugarloaf AVC.  Joyce was very active with DAVS having written many articles on design, and the Dixie Convention Manual.

She was preceded by parents, George Sabol and Anne Sabol along with brother, David Sabol. She leaves behind, daughter, DeAnne Stenger Post and son_in_law, David Post in Damascus, Maryland; son, Darron Stenger and daughter_in_law, Vivian Hsu in Houston, Texas; granddaughter, Deidre Post Marshall and grandson_in_law, Jason Marshall of Williamson, West Virginia; grandson, Derek Post in Damascus, Maryland; great_granddaughter, Rachel Marshall of Williamson, West Virginia; sister_in_law, Patricia Sabol in Topeka, Kansas; and significant other, John Nabers of Friendswood, Texas _ who has been a steady foundation for her life and devoted partner for over thirty years.

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There are thirteen states included in DAVS: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Groups primarily concerned with growing and showing African violets in these states can become affiliate members of DAVS; however, individual membership is open to all persons world wide.

Check our list of former DAVS Presidents to see if you know any of them.  We suggest new growers of African violets and other gesneriads, review our growing instructions representing the best procedures used by our members.

-  View the latest DAVS Registered Variety List published on August 26, 2015.  The list is available as an HTML page at Reglistnew.html or as a PDF Document

DAVS Bylaws & Standing Rules dated April 21, 2012

- Our next Convention in 2016 is in the planning stages at this time.  More details to follow.

Membership includes subscription to the quarterly publication, The Dixie News, the opportunity to enter DAVS Collections classes at local DAVS affiliate shows, and the opportunity to attend a yearly convention. DAVS is affiliated with the African Violet Society of America, Inc.

View selected articles from The Dixie News, and decide for yourself!

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