May 14, 1942 - May
- Kate Joyce, beloved wife of Dave and mother to six; Mike,
Doug, Debbie, Kevin, Russ, and, Adam reached the end of her
four and a half year battle
with Ovarian/fallopian cancer on May 9th, 2013. She did not
give up easy but rather fought to her last breath. Dave her
loving husband, stayed by her side through it all.
She is in a better place now but will be sorely missed
by all who knew her. Kate
and Dave lost their son Russ to melanoma a couple of years
ago. Arguably the
worst loss a parent could experience.
No child should precede his or her parents in death.
Kate was also a Grandmother to fifteen including Chris,
Brandon, Jason, Ryan, Catherine, Thomas, Brenden, Sarah, Zach,
Nate, Mya, and Lucas Joyce as well as Paige, Leah, and Emma
was a stay at home mom until all the kids were in school, then
she stepped out to take on many different roles in her
Welcome Wagon Hostess, a bookkeeper-flower delivery person for
Stayton Flowers and Gifts, and a volunteer as well as a
medical records clerk for Tillamook County General Hospital (a
position she held until her retirement September first of last
this busy work history she managed to become a seamstress of
the highest order, a sewer of clothes and outfits for her
grandkids and friends babies and kids, a wool rug braider, a
maker of dolls, a voracious reader of all books, and active in
organizations such as Sublimity Quilters and Catholic
never passed up a challenge and there was never a dull moment
where she was concerned. There was a Donald Duck costume, a Turkey Dressing contest
(she actually dressed up like a turkey and she even won),
games that would challenge her grandkids, the restoration of a
player piano, playing her Martin Ukulele, and an endless
stream of 1000+ piece puzzles to complete.
care she received at Salem Hospital was incredible and the
Odyssey Hospice folks were amazing.
They were all truly skilled at helping our family
during a very difficult time in our lives.
We all rest a little easier knowing that she is in a
much nicer place now and pain free for the first time in at
least 4 and a half years.
Your cards and prayers are very much appreciated by the
of Rosary will be Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 10:30 am followed
by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am, both at St. Boniface
Catholic Church in Sublimity. A reception will follow.
Interment will be in St. Boniface Cemetery, Sublimity. Serving
the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.