Joan Cayce-White was born May 15, 1921 in Cordova, Alaska to Helene and Leslie Counts. Joan's marvelous life peacefully ended on January 22, 2013 in Issaquah, Washington. During Joan's 93 year journey, she lived a long and happy life with many "seasons" which took her in several different directions. Yet regardless of the "season," Joan was perpetually an elegant, inquisitive, well-read and social lady with a flair for telling stories, good music and dancing.
As a young child, Joan moved to West Seattle where she remained for many years. Joan was an athletic and adventurous young woman, who enjoyed tennis, water and snow skiing and attending dances - where she developed her lifetime love for big band style music. In 1942, Joan met Sam Cayce and the two wrote letters over the course of Sam's deployment with the Army. Two weeks after Sam's return, Joan and Sam married on December 7, 1946. True to the Greatest Generation, Joan and Sam soon started their family of three boys: Kam (Terri), Roger (Jennifer) and Jim (Nadine). The family was raised in West Seattle, however loved spending quality family time together outdoors, treasuring their summers on Lake Sawyer spent water skiing and winters at Paradise and White Pass spent snow skiing. Joan and Sam enjoyed twenty-eight years of marriage before Sam passed much too young at the age of 54.
Several years later, Joan married fellow West Seattleite, Stan White, and made their home on Arroyo Beach. Joan and Stan had a grand old time traveling the world, skiing, playing tennis and boating with the Queen City Yacht Club until Stan's passing in 1998. Joan loved snow skiing but finally quit at 89 when she fell and got mad at "the rude skiers" who would just ski past her and not offer to help her get up. The realization finally hit that if you are too old to pick yourself up maybe you are too old to keep skiing!
Joan was a loving "Nana" to her eight grandchildren: Kam Cayce II, Grifan Cayce Heathers, Ty Cayce, Landon Setty, Cameron Neilsen, Alexandra Cayce, Parker Cayce, and Makena Cayce. Joan showed the world to her grandchildren through her eyes - teaching "Op Talk" and silly songs, the value of sewing and etiquette, sharing crepe recipes from travels to Switzerland, and instructing the granddaughters to "keep their dance cards full."
After Stan's passing, Joan spent the next several years in her Alki Beach condo, until she made her final move to the Timber Ridge retirement community in Issaquah. She was very happy there and met many new friends that meant much to her. Soon after moving in she met a very special man, Bill Weertman, and encouraged him to learn to dance so they could enjoy her passion for ballroom dancing together. Bill and Joan spent the last five years "cutting a rug" on any dance floor they could find. Bill was very involved with Joan's life and her convalescence and was very supportive of her both emotionally and physically right to the end.
A statement heard often when speaking to Joan's friends was that "she is a very special person." We agree and will all miss our fun-loving, sophisticated, intelligent Mom and Nana who got such a kick out of the "absurd moments" of life. To our Mom and Nana, we know you are dancing in the Heaven's and love you very much. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Fisher House Foundation.