Joyce Friedlander was passionate about career in medical technology

Friday, January 10, 2014 | 11:29 p.m. CST; updated 4:12 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 11, 2014

COLUMBIA — Talented but quiet in the magic world of science, Joyce Pace Friedlander was the kind of person who always knew the right answer but never wanted to speak out.

Mrs. Friedlander was an "A" student in her high school, said her sister, Laura Crane. Mrs. Friedlander was excellent at mathematics and science and was inducted into the National Honor Society in her junior year at Hickman High School.

"She rarely ever held up her hand and spoke out in the class," Crane recalled of the Spanish class they took together.

Joyce Pace Friedlander died Jan. 2, 2014, in San Mateo, Calif. She was 75.

She was born March 3, 1938, to Julia (Lloyd) and Paul Lindell Pace in Centralia. She graduated from Hickman in 1955 and the MU College of Education in 1959. She also received a master's degree in biology from Yale University.

The same year she graduated from MU, Mrs. Friedlander married Wiley Clemon Small, and they moved to Hayward, Calif., in 1969. They later divorced, and she married Jack Friedlander. He died in 2011.

Although she got a degree in teaching, her sister said Mrs. Friedlander didn't enjoy teaching so much.

After moving to California, Mrs. Friedlander became a medical technologist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Standford University in Palo Alto. She was passionate about her career for more than 20 years, Crane said.

"She could stay in a laboratory all day long and measure blood samples without getting bored," Crane said.

Mrs. Friedlander enjoyed discussing memories with her sister through email. They were apart for years, but they stayed close by sharing their different versions of memories of past events they attended together.

"After we both became moms, after we were grandmothers (and after) the email came in, we played this little game, 'Do you remember this or do you remember that?'" Crane said. "We enjoyed that very much."

Mrs. Friedlander is survived by her son Matthew Clemon Small of San Mateo, Calif.; a daughter, Cynthia Small Blank of Cupertino, Calif.; a sister, Laura Jane (Pace) Crane of Columbia; and grandsons Paul and Charley Blank of Cupertino.

Mrs. Friedlander's brother, Charles Monroe Pace, preceded her in death.

Services will be Feb. 8 at the Harbortown Clubhouse in San Mateo, Calif.

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