Joyce Arlene Cain (Dutton)

March 6, 1939 - January 8, 2020

Joyce Arlene Cain passed on from this life surrounded by those she loved on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 10:39 AM at 80 years of age, in the comfort of her Jackson, California home.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband Ernest “Ernie” Lee Cain, their son, Curtis Lee Cain, parents Anna (Lauchert) and Harold Dutton, and brothers George and Kenny Dutton.

Joyce is survived by her daughter, Jill Cain (Daneen) Johnson of Elk Grove, California and her three beloved granddaughters, Justine Marie, Kayla Nicole and Lauren Olivia Cain.

Joyce, the second of three children, was born on March 6, 1939, in French Camp, California. The Dutton family settled in Lodi, California where Joyce attended Tokay High School, and was among the graduating class of 1957. Joyce met her sweetheart, Ernest Lee Cain of Galt, California while she was attending high school. The two were married on September 26, 1959, and were blessed with over 52 years of marriage and two children, Curtis and Jill. Joyce was employed by the Farmers and Merchant Bank in Elk Grove, California prior to settling in Jackson, California to raise her family.

Joyce was a stay at home mother for many years and cared for her two growing children.  When the children began to attend school, Joyce became gainfully employed with the Amador County School District where she worked for fourteen years as a Teacher’s Assistant at Jackson Elementary School. Joyce is likely most known for her employment at Mel and Faye’s Diner in Jackson where she worked for over 35 years.  She will be remembered there and in the community with fond memories for years to come. 

Joyce was a member of the 18-30 Club and the Jackson High School Band Boosters.  Joyce and Faye Gillman also religiously ran the hamburger booth at the Amador County Fair for many years even though they were not “official members” of the Quarterback Club. Joyce played for the iconic Faye’s Foul-ups Softball Team and was a dedicated member of the Good Timer’s Club.  

Joyce loved people, her friends, working in her yard, sports and always had a smile and an encouraging word.  She will be greatly missed by family, friends and her two sweet kitties, Popper and CC.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life at Daneri Mortuary Chapel, 415 Broadway in Jackson, California, at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 25, 2020, with burial immediately following at the Sunset View Cemetery in Jackson, California. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras Counties 1500 South Highway 49 Suite 205, Jackson, California, 95642. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting and signing the guest book.