Katherine Josephine Joyce
May 14, 1942 - May 9, 2013

Sublimity - 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 Esposito.

Kate 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 community.  A 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 year).

Throughout 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 Daughters.  Kate 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.

The 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 family.

Recitation 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.

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