Joyce Worden was born in Colville, Wash., on February 22, 1930, but her family’s home was in Alladin, a small rural area nearby.
Growing up during the Great Depression had a big influence on her. She learned to be frugal and to take very good care of what little she had.
She attended a small, one-room school. Being somewhat of a tom boy, she enjoyed roaming the countryside with her dog named Bloop – occasionally skipping school with her cousin Kapper.
Joyce was the youngest of four children. Francis Loiselle the eldest, followed by Generieve and brother Roy, all of her siblings preceded her in death.
In 1937, the family moved to Amity, pursuing an opportunity to farm, raise dairy stock and sell eggs.
Joyce later attended Amity Union High School where she enjoyed playing on the volleyball team and in track and field. She remembered those days as some of the best in her life and always looked forward to the Amity-Dayton rivalry football games. She returned to watch the teams collide many times.
After graduation, she worked at Oregon Mutual Bank in McMinnville, as well as for the State of Oregon in Salem.
On Oct. 27, 1950, she married Walter R. Worden in Salem where they took up residence.
Together they raised three children, a daughter, Vicky Ann, followed by two sons, Bradley John and Guy Allen.
In 1957, the family settled on small acreage in Keizer where Joyce raised sheep, her favorite was a lamb named Georgie.
Joyce was rarely idle. After raising her children she took up oil painting and filled her home with seascapes, landscapes and roses. She had a public art showing at the Beaverton City Hall just months before passing.
She was a member of the Keizer Art Association and the Salem Senior Center where she enjoyed singing as wall as in the choir at Keizer Christian Church where she was proud to be a charter member. She enjoyed dancing and took lessons at France School of Dance well into her 50s.
Joyce was blessed to have numerous grandchildren: Amanda Motley (Robert) of Keizer, Melody Maertens (Roland) of Mobile, Ala., Travis Worden and Trent Worden of Salem, Nicole Worden of Silverton, and Austin Worden of Sacramento, Calif. Great grandchildren include Jake, Garrett and Roselyne with one on the way
One of Joyce’s favorite places was the Oregon coast where she was laid to rest on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Per her request no funeral services were held. For those wishing to do so, donations can be made to the Union Gospel Mission. Joyce would also encourage a visit to Keizer Christian Church where she found a warm and loving home to worship over a half a century.
Arrangements by Keizer Funeral Chapel.