Joycestane “Joyce” Brant Malcolm grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina, and graduated from Robert Smalls High School in 1953. She worked in New York City and Beaufort until September 1954, when she was old enough to join the WAVES.
Malcolm attended nine weeks of basic training at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. She was assigned to the coded messages section of the Eastern Seafront and Naval Communications Station 3 in New York City and billeted at St. Alban’s Naval Hospital in Queens. In 1956, she met a civilian teletype operator and they were married in 1957.
Malcolm left the WAVES after she married and returned to school. She graduated from Brown’s Business School in Lynbrook, New York, and attended New York College. She worked for Hammel-Riglander, the State of New York, and the City of New York. Malcolm and her husband lived in New York City for forty-one years, until moving to Greensboro, North Carolina, in the 1990s.