Joyce Beatrice Merriman

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Joyce Beatrice Merriman

Joyce Beatrice Merriman, 81, of Bothell, WA passed away at home in the company of her loving family on Tuesday, May 17, 2011.
Born in Tacoma, WA on April 8, 1930, she was the daughter of Geoffrey and Beatrice Lavender. One of three children, the family located on Mercer Island where Joyce and her brothers, John and Dennis, enjoyed a childhood on the banks of Lake Washington. Joyce graduated from Franklin High School and enrolled in nurses training at Virginia Mason Hospital. During her training, however, she met Ken, the love of her life, and after a whirlwind romance the two were married in 1950, and set about starting a family.
Ken's career took them to Tennessee, where their daughter Linda was born. Next they moved to Nebraska where Hugh came along. The family then moved back to the Northwest where Kurt arrived. She was a wonderful wife and mother. The children were raised with a firm and caring hand. There were always flowers blooming in the yard and vegetables in the garden. She had a lovely singing voice and expressed her happiness in song. She was always the room mother at the grade school, and volunteered at multiple community charities. When the children were older she volunteered at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Helpline and at the Seattle Children's Orthopedic Hospital. She had a wonderful circle of friends in Brier and they worked together on sewing and needlecraft projects for family and charities. Over the years Joyce knitted scores of hats for premature infants, made quilts for injured soldiers and helped with many other causes. She always helped anyone she could in any way she could.
When grandchildren came along she was in her element and doted on them as only Joyce could. She was happiest when surrounded by generations of family at holiday get-togethers. She remained closely involved in their lives, sending letters and gifts, attending birthdays, graduations, and was immensely proud and supportive over the latest doodle when young, or a prestigious award when grown.
When Ken retired they began dividing their time between homes in Washington and Arizona. True to her nature, Joyce made many good friends in their Arizona community, including the Willow Ridge circle Needle Arts Group and her Red Hat friends. She continued to maintain her charity activities in both locations. Joyce enjoyed a rich life that touched so many. She made friends wherever she went and will be greatly missed by countless family and friends.
She is survived by Ken, her loving husband of more than 60 years; her brother, Dennis; her three children, Linda and her daughters, Anna and Jill; Hugh and his wife, Kristen; and Kurt and his wife, Gail; and their three children, Kelly, Kevin and Eric.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the devoted practitioners of the Evergreen Hospice for their care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Care Research Center, the Children's Orthopedic Hospital or the Evergreen Hospice Center.
A memorial and celebration of her life will be held at Evergreen Washelli on Aurora Avenue in Seattle on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 2 p.m.




Published in The Herald (Everett) from May 24 to May 27, 2011
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