Sept. 23, 2013, at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., Barbara Jean Joyce passed into the arms of Jesus and joined her daughter, Melissa.
Born Feb. 8, 1948, in Beatrice, Neb., Barbara was the daughter of Marvin Joyce and Fern Doane Joyce. She grew up in Sonoma and attended Sonoma Valley schools. She married Donald “Corky” Dodd in 1966. They moved to Seattle, Wash., where they raised their four children.
Barbara was a giving person. Always there for others, she moved to Sonoma to care for her father until his death in 2001. Barbara enjoyed being with her family, and reading. She loved music, especially Elvis Presley. She also enjoyed western movies, especially when John Wayne was starring. Barbara loved to laugh and was the family “daredevil,” she loved taking on challenges and overcoming them.
Barbara was preceded in death by her daughter, Melissa, in 2005; and her father, Marvin Joyce, in 2001. Barbara is survived by her mother, Fern Joyce of Sonoma; her children Lorena Dodd (Aberdeen, Wash.), George Dodd (Jodi), Richard Dodd (Chehalis, Wash.); sisters, Julia Joyce and Georgia Alva, of Sonoma; Marjorie Van Derslice (Robert), of Lincoln, Neb.; sister-in-law, Marlene Dodd Leingang (Bill), of Seattle, Wash.; former spouse, Donald Dodd (Chehalis, Wash.); and seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Washington, Nebraska, Oregon and California.
A celebration of life was held in Chehalis, Wash., on Oct. 12, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 4355, Washington, D.C., 55555.