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L. Joyce Menconi

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L. Joyce MENCONI Loretta Joyce Menconi, born June 24, 1935 in Kamloops, British Columbia to Katherine and Richard Boswell joined her husband, Ralph Menconi in heaven Monday, April 18, 2011. Some highlights of her youth in Vernon, B.C., where her family had later moved, include being amongst the first girls in her high school to take an agricultural class, and then winning first prize for the chickens she raised as her class project. She also worked at the local Hudson Bay Department Store, where she was able to use her artistic skills in setting up store displays, and was active in the young people's group at the Baptist church. After graduating from high school she went on to nursing school in New Westminster, B.C. at the Royal Columbian Hospital. After graduating from nursing school Joyce and several other of the graduates decided to go to Seattle to look for work, which she soon found at Doctor's Hospital. It was at this time that she and one of her roommates were romanced by Ralph and one of his roommates living in the same apartment building, leading, before long, to two weddings. For 47 years, until Ralph's death, Joyce was a loving and supportive wife. She brought a social and adventurous nature to the relationship that went well with Ralph's fun-loving spirit. But she was also a sensible and skilled homemaker. They had a loving and warm relationship that grew and intensified over the years. Joyce was also a wise, attentive and loving mother to her three children. She and Ralph worked hard at being the best parents they could be and being in unison in their parenting. Together they provided a good foundationfor their three children, instilling such values as integrity, volunteerism and concern for others, faith in God and good moral judgment, responsibility, and commitment to each other as a family. Joyce was a patient teacher to her children, an approachable confidante, and, in many ways, a good example to them, including her ready willingness to ask forgiveness. Joyce was a faithful daughter, sister and in-law. After she moved away from Vernon, BC, she returned for regular visits to maintain those relationships and also build ties between her three children and her birth family. When her parents became ill, she and Ralph did what they could to help with their care. She also worked diligently to develop and maintain ties with her in-laws, whether nearby or otherwise. Joyce, having become a Christian as a teenager at a Baptist church over the years grew in her faith and love of the Lord. Her faith bore much fruit, such as her active involvement at church and in Bible studies; sharing of her faith, such as with youth at Juvenile Court when she worked there; development of a Christ-like character, and, support of mission work. Ministries she was involved in over the years include, co-managing with Ralph the bookstore at church, encouraging missionaries by means of correspondence both on her own and as part of her involvement with the Berean Bible Church Women's Missionary Fellowship, teaching health in an English-speaking Christian school in Vienna, and, together with Ralph, financial support of many ministries and missionaries. Joyce was also a faithful, caring and diligent friend. Once she befriended a person she maintained that friendship through regular correspondence and phone calls, shared activities, and travelling to visit friends. Over the years she touched many lives this way and endeared herself to many who were drawn to her kindness, selflessness and fun-loving spirit. She was also a skilled nurse who loved both the young people she worked with as well as her fellow workers. She tried to be a good example to the youth who came to her, and they found in her not just skilled nursing care but also wise counsel and sincere concern for their well-being. Other nurses also enjoyed working with her and the nursing friends she met at Juvenile Court, in particular, kept in touch long after she retired. Joyce had many diverse interests that intersected her many varied relationships. She loved to read and learn new things, including through Bible study. For her, travel was also an opportunity to learn and she enjoyed studying in advance about a place before travelling to it, and she traveled a lot over the years, including camping in a trailer with her growing children and Ralph to places like Yellowstone National Park, oversees trips to places like China and Europe, a cruise through the Panama Canal, and travelling with a trailer club after Ralph's retirement. She also dabbled in arts and crafts over the years, such as decoupage and bonsai. She, Ralph and her children all loved the outdoors as well, including hiking, huckle-berry picking, canoeing and trout fishing, for example. As if that weren't enough, she also shared with Ralph an enjoyment of the arts and theater. In short, Joyce Menconi had many Christ-like qualities and she touched many people throughout her life on this earth. She will be missed by her three children, Margo Lyn Menconi, Bruce Ralph Menconi, Richard Leonard Menconi, her two grandsons, Joshua Menconi and Ethan Menconi, and her sister, Alice Shaw, as well as a host of other friends and relations that is too great to number. While she will be missed sorely, her family rejoices in the knowledge that she has joined Ralph and her granddaughter, Sophia Vaskin, in heaven where there is no suffering nor pain, but endless joy and fellowship with her Lord. The Memorial Service to celebrate her life and commemorate her passing will be held Saturday, April 23, 2011 at the Berean Bible Church (2345 N. 18th Street, Shoreline, Washington 98133) at 2:00 p.m. Gifts in Joyce's memory may be made out to the Berean Bible Church.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 22, 2011
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