Joyce Virginia Clark
Mrs. Joyce Virginia Clark, of Cashmere, WA, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, in the presence of her husband of almost 61 years, Jack Clark. Joyce was born on July 15, 1932, to Clair and Cecile Smith in Cashmere, WA. Joyce grew up in Cashmere on her parent’s orchard. She had many fond memories of making wooden apple boxes and driving the old orchard truck for her dad. The Smith’s later donated part of their property for the Cashmere Museum, where Joyce enjoyed working as a volunteer. She attended Cashmere schools and graduated in 1950. She attended Central Washington University and, through a mutual friend, met Jack Clark of Seattle on a blind date in the summer of 1950. They were married August 30, 1952, in the Cashmere Baptist Church. Their first home was in Seattle, where they both worked at the Boeing Company. Their marriage resulted with four children, Kellie Joy, born in Seattle on March 31, 1954; Phillip Leon, born in Wenatchee on September 21, 1955; Joel Martin, born in Tucson, AZ on January 14, 1960; and Priscilla Clair, born in Kennewick on October 10, 1964. During their time in Tucson, Jack and Joyce became Christians in a small independent church and that made a total change in their lives, and they raised there family in a Christian home. The final move was back to Cashmere in 1966. Joyce’s activities at this time where centered on caring for her children; however, she did find time to play the piano for the First Baptist Church in Wenatchee and lead junior church for children. As her children grew and required less care, Joyce was able to resume some of the other activities that she enjoyed. She played tennis on the Cashmere courts and later joined the Wenatchee Racquet and Athletic Club. Joyce enjoyed boating with Jack and the family in the San Juan Islands and Canada waters, especially when the salmon were in. She liked to reel in the big ones. After retirement, Jack and Joyce became “snow birds” and traveled to Apache Junction, AZ. They loved the area and the weather and took part in a few of the many activities offered in the resort they stayed in. Joyce sang in a choir, took hikes in the desert, did water exercises, attended a bible study, took RV trips and cruises and, of course, she played tennis. Joyce was a wonderful wife and mother, a great mother-in-law, and a delightful, funny lady to have known. She had a mischievous sense of humor that kept her straight-laced engineer husband off-balance. She kept him on his toes. She loved to play Scrabble with the family at Thanksgiving dinners and, of course, always seemed to win! She also loved to play the piano at our family gatherings and continued to play at her church in Leavenworth until very recently. She passed on her love of music to her children. She will be greatly missed but we know she is rejoicing in heaven and that gives us comfort, knowing she is there with the Lord.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Audrey Goss of Texas. She is survived by her loving and faithful husband, Jack Clark of Cashmere, WA; her brother, Don Smith of Cashmere, WA; and her children: Kellie (Steve) Chestnut of Maricopa, AZ, Phillip (Susan) Clark of Yakima, WA, Joel (Vickie) Clark of Junction City, OR and Priscilla (Lyle) Moore of Ilwaco, WA; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Many thanks to Central Washington Hospital Hospice Care Unit for the excellent assistance given to Joyce in her last days here on earth. We also give thanks to the Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene for their gracious support.
Graveside Services will be held Friday, September 6, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in the Cashmere City Cemetery, on Evergreen Drive in Cashmere. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene, 111 Ski Hill Drive, Leavenworth, WA. Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth, is in charge of the arrangements.