Eatchel, Joyce “Joy”

Joyce Eatchel 1943
Joyce Eatchel 1943

Joyce Eatchel “Joy” (Dawson)

Born: 24 September 1924, Salt Lake City, Utah
Died: 17 July 1994, age 69

Married name: Joyce Dawson
Her stage name was Joyce Elaine.

See photos from Mar-Ken Reunion, 1993.

Joyce was married to schoolmate Bill Dawson for many years and then went through an amicable divorce and stayed friends their entire lives. Joyce was a feature dancer under the stage name of Joyce Elaine in Ken Murray’s Blackouts until it closed. She was noted for her contortionist skill in doing breathtaking deep back bends.

Joyce was the the 1943 Mar-Ken Class President.
She was Editor of the Mar-Ken Journal and President of the Press Club in 1942-43.
She was also a member of the Mar-Ken Chapter of the National Honor Society.

From the November 8, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
WHO’S WORKING: Joyce Eatchel at the Stevens Hotel in Chicago.

From the 1942 Mar-Ken Yearbook as a Junior:
Joyce Eatchel is the baby of the Junior Class. “Pip-Squeak” was born on September 24th in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her ambition is “to someday be a dancer,” modest, isn’t she? She loves horseback riding but if you meet her around she’s liable to greet you with a, “What’s kickin’ chicken?”

From the September 28, 1942 Mar-Ken Journal:
ON THE SETS: Joyce Eatchel, who danced all summer at the Biltmore Bowl is now appearing with her partner in Ken Murray’s “Black-Outs of 1942.” They are the ones who do the Rag Doll routine.

From the October 13, 1942 Mar-Ken Journal:
Joyce Eatchel is the Features Editor of this issue of the Mar-Ken Journal.

From the 1943 Mar-Ken Yearbook, Senior Crossword Puzzle:
Petite little officer of the Senior Class, named pip-squeak, and famous for her dancing.