Evalyn Joyce Stephens

Evalyn “Joyce” Stephens, age 84, passed away on July 31st after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. She died at her home that she shared with her husband Ed, and her son and daughter-in-law Jim and Castle. Joyce and Ed moved to Portland, OR in 2011and then recently to Kalama, WA to live with their children. But home was Ontario, where they spent the majority of their lives. Please join us for Joyce’s memorial service on Saturday, September 9th, 2pm, at the Lienkaemper chapel in Ontario.
Joyce Eggers was born Jan. 20, 1933 and raised in Cortez, CO on a farm with her parents Lenore and Jim, and her sister Marilyn. She had a loving family and a happy childhood. Her mother was a teacher and made sure that her daughters had the opportunity to go to college. Joyce graduated from Harding College in Arkansas with a teaching degree and spent the next few years teaching in Colorado and Arizona.
After Joyce’s dad passed away, she moved with her mom to Ontario/Vale to be close to her sister Marilyn. Though Marilyn and TV moved to Gold Beach OR, Joyce and Marilyn and their families stayed connected over the miles, visited often, and remained close to the end. Ruth and Darrell Skinner and their family, Vale, OR shared a lifetime of happy memories together with the Stephens family as well.
Joyce was the first employee hired at Treasure Valley Community College in 1963 as secretary to the president. She then met and “helped” hire one of the first instructors at TVCC, Ed Stephens, who soon after became her husband. Ed really enjoyed his career as a Spanish instructor at TVCC for 24 years until he retired. Ed and Joyce were married in Vale, OR (where Ed grew up) in 1963. When Joyce married Ed she also became mom to Ed’s young sons, Danny and Brent. Joyce was warmly welcomed into Ed’s whole family and they became her beloved family too. Many of them lived in the area and they shared dinners, laughs, and stories together throughout the years.
Joyce stayed home to raise their family, and in 1965 Jimmy was born, and in 1968, Janna. Those were happy years of raising their family, working and enjoying life in their community with family and friends. To Joyce life was about giving… giving all that she had to all that she loved, without hesitation, without question, without limitation. She loved people, and always saw the best in everyone she met.
When their youngest child, Janna, started school, Joyce went back to work as a teacher’s assistant at Cairo Elementary. Then she spent summers getting her master’s degree and taught special education at Aiken elementary until she retired. Joyce and Ed enjoyed many good years of retirement: traveling in their motor home, going to senior dances and playing cards with friends, and making happy memories with their kids and grandkids.
Joyce was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. Her Church family and her sisters in the Women for Christian Endeavor group were/are very active in the community and they were a big and important part of her life.
When she and her mother first moved to Ontario, they were welcomed into the Patch-n-Chat club, a group that was active in Ontario for 80+ years. She was a devoted member all her life.
Joyce’s sisters in her teacher’s’ sorority, ADK, were important to her, and she was also proud of her service as a volunteer for the Holy Rosary Hospital Auxiliary for 17 years.
Joyce is survived by her husband, Ed; their children and their spouses: Janna Stephens and Andrew Case, Jim Stephens and Castle Riecke, Brent Stephens, Dan and Susan Stephens; their grandchildren: Logan Case, Meghan Case Robertson, Jordan Bertagnolli, Blake Stephens, Will Stephens and Zac Stephens. She is also survived by her sister and brother in law, TV and Marilyn Skinner, sister in law, Sonja Stephens, cousin Dick Truitt, son in law’s mother, Jody Case, as well as beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario. Condolences to the family may be made at www.lienkaemper-thomason.com

3 Comments

  • Catherine Borge Roberts Posted August 7, 2017 2:11 pm

    Joyce was an amazing person and like a second mom to me growing up! What a wonderful example she has been to me! She was kind, smart, talented, funny, caring, and loving! I will never forget the “old” sayings she would use such as: “I’m so fagged!” I’ll also never forget the first time I went to her house and asked if I could please have a drink of water. She said, “That will be 10 cents!” I was surprised and not quite sure what to think, since I didn’t have any money on me. She was joking of course, which was a relief to me as an 8 year old! She has such an amazing family and the world will be an emptier place without her in it!

  • Bud and Delores Butler Posted August 9, 2017 9:36 am

    We were so sorry to hear that Joyce passed away. Her son, Jim, and our son, Mark, were best friends starting in middle school and throughout high school, then roomed together while attending college in Portland. After the boys moved to Portland, Joyce and I would drive over to visit them. We were always so anxious to get there that we wouldn’t stop to eat. Instead, we would go through a drive-in and eat our food on the way. One year, Ed accompanied us on our trip and he preferred to stop at a restaurant and sit down and eat. Joyce kept telling him to hurry up and finish his food so we could be on our way.. She was such a sweet lady and will be missed greatly. We send our love and deepest sympathy to all of her family.

  • Jo Buhr Cote Posted September 9, 2017 9:31 pm

    I enjoyed your mother so much. Se was such a sweet, kind lady. I know you miss her greatly.

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