JOY PAUL (CHAMPOUX) ADAMS

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JOY (CHAMPOUX) PAUL ADAMS KENEWICK - Joy (Champoux) Paul Adams of Kingston, Wash., passed away on June 30th in her home after a long battle with heart disease and other medical conditions. Joy was born on September 14, 1932, in Los Angeles, Ca. She moved with her family to Yakima, Wash., where she attended St. Joseph's Elementary School. Her family then moved to Pasco, Wash., where she graduated from Pasco High School in 1950. She was voted "Most Athletic" in high school. She played on the tennis and basketball teams. After high school she continued her athleticism in women's softball and bowling leagues. She was a stock car racer and drove in the Powder Puff Derby. Joy was also a professional Roller Derby player and was a member of the Red Devils team. Joy began working for the Kennewick Police Department in 1970 as a commissioned police officer and, in 1979, became Kennewick's first woman detective. She rode in the police motorcycle organization called the Blue Knights and was a member of the National Rifle Association. Upon her retirement in 1991, she moved to Edmonds, Wash., and then to Kingston, Wash., where she resided with her son, Scott. Joy is survived by her children: Scott Paul, Karen Sue (James) Campbell, Karl (Cheri) Paul and Rick (Melanie) Paul. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents: Louis & Viola Champoux, brothers: Don & Leo Champoux and granddaughter, Sarah. On Friday, July 8th, there will be a graveside service at 1:00 p.m., at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 10th and Union Street in Kennewick. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Joy's friend, Marlene, who extended her care and friendship to Joy throughout her illness. Joy was an AMAZING woman and a wonderful leader for all women. Your strength and love will be missed by all your family and friends.
Published in Tri-City Herald on July 6, 2016
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