Obituary of Joyce Irene Lambert
Joyce was born August 1, 1939, in Halstad Township, Minnesota. She was the fifth of six girls born to Jacob and Stella McLaughlin. She passed away in the early hours of September 19, 2018. Joyce had been in failing health for the last three years, and her family takes comfort knowing she is no longer in pain and she is dancing with Ed in Heaven.
She was in the first graduating class from David Douglas High School, graduating in 1956. She began her professional life as a bookkeeper for Anderson Oregon Rental. She retired from Precision Castparts and went on to volunteer at Loaves and Fishes for fifteen years.
Joyce married Ed, the love of her life, in April, 1960. Two years later, they had their only child, Susan. Joyce and Ed were married for thirty-nine years when Ed passed away in 1999.
When Joyce’s father died, Joyce took over the guardianship of her disabled sister, Patty. It was a responsibility she took very seriously for over fifty years.
Throughout her life, Joyce enjoyed traveling with her husband Ed, especially to Honolulu, Hawaii. She also enjoyed working out at several gyms, including Curves; and she loved to golf with her sisters, daughters, and friends.
She was a faithful, devoted, and much beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, and nana to her two grandsons. She will be greatly missed by her daughter Susan (husband Michael), grandsons Bryan and Kevin, sisters Lois and Patty, brother-in-law Roger Franklin, step-grandchildren Melissa Doxtator and Alex Gates, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Ed, her parents, and sisters Joan, Gerry, and Sharon.
Joyce’s smile could light up a room. She was an amazing woman who will be sorely missed by all of her loved ones.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30am, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Funeral Home, located at 6705 SE 14th Ave. Portland, OR. Viewing will be 9:30am to 4:30pm, Thursday, Oct. 4th, also at Wilhelm’s. A procession up to Willamette National Cemetery will follow the Friday service. A Hawaiian themed celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at Eastmoreland Golf Course beginning at 2:30pm.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made in Joyce’s name to Edward’s Center, who has cared for Aunt Patty for many years. Any contributions help subsidize programs that Edward’s Center provide to their clients. Donations may be sent to Edward’s Center, Inc. PO Box 6369, Aloha, OR 97007.