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Of Williston, North Dakota and Annandale, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 of combined heart and renal failure. She is survived by her husband, David; five children, Robin Chapman of Springfield, AR, Sandra McEwen of Wheatland WY, Heather Vinter of Centreville, VA, Michael Park of Clifton, VA and Christopher Park of Fairfax City, VA; 15 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, sisters, Gladys and Myrtie; and her brother James. She was preceded in death by her youngest son, Timothy and her brothers John, George and Tom.
Joyce was born August 3, 1925 in Rawson, North Dakota, and lived a long and rich life. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1949 with a degree in journalism, she worked at various times for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela, and for the then newly-created U.S. Army Special Services Agency in Germany and later the United States. She met her husband David while serving as Director of Special Services at Fort Bliss, Texas. They married in August of 1962 and spent the next half century traveling, raising six children, and loving each other.
A viewing/visitation will be held at Friendship United Methodist Church, 3527 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042, Phone 703-560-5454, on Thursday April 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service/celebration of Joyce's life, also at Friendship United Methodist Church, will take place on Friday, April 26 at 11 a.m. Joyce will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friendship United Methodist Church or to .

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 21, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
Demaine Funeral Home
5308 Backlick Road | Springfield, VA 22151 | (703) 941-9428
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