- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Joyce Holt Flynn, former Red Cross Gray Lady and Navy wife, died Feb. 1 in Sun Valley, Calif., after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was 73.

Mrs. Flynn was a fifth-generation Virginian who grew up in Alexandria. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and worked at the Smithsonian Institution and the Department of Commerce.

Mrs. Flynn became a Gray Lady — a term used to describe Red Cross volunteers who provided nonmedical services to sick, injured and disabled patients — before her 1953 marriage to F. Patrick Flynn Sr., now a retired Navy captain. The two met on a blind date at a Navy party and married in a formal military ceremony at St. Rita Catholic Church in Alexandria.

The couple later moved to California, where Mrs. Flynn was active as a volunteer at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church in La Canada Flintridge. She began the church’s Skidette Program in the 1980s, taking food and soft drinks to the homeless on skid row in Los Angeles.

Mrs. Flynn also delivered clothing to shelters and organizations, and was on the mother’s clubs at St. Bede School, St. Francis High School, Flintridge Preparatory School and Mayfield Senior School. She worked part time as a secretary for the Mesa Crest Water Co. from 1982 to 1999.

Among the many memories shared by those who knew Mrs. Flynn, two words speak to all: Beat Army. She spent her final months in the special care unit at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center & Special Care Unit and was interred at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Flynn is survived by three sons, Patrick Flynn Jr. of Long Beach, Calif., Thomas Flynn of Tujunga, Calif., and Timothy Flynn of Sunland, Calif.; a daughter, Peggy Flynn of Tuscadero, Calif.; her twin sister, Ann Sheridan of the District; and four grandchildren.

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