Joyce Karren Rhoten

08/08/1931 — 06/21/2007

From West, Richland, WA, US | Born in Logan, Utah

Joyce Karren Rhoten

Joyce Karren Rhoten, 75, passed away June 21, 2007 at her home in West Richland, WA. She was born August 8, 1931 in Logan, Utah. Her parents were George Leavitt Karren and Ruth Doul Benson. She married Lonnie Richard Dick Rhoten on July 15, 1949. They were active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their children are Lonna Jo Courtney Nelson, Gifford, WA, Kerry Gaylene, West Richland, WA, Kent Connie, Richland, WA, Dennis Janet, Smithfield, UT, Darrell Kimiko, Weston, FL, Randall Kathryn, Richland, WA, Lynette John Rowley, Walla Walla, WA, Ryan Holly, West Richland, WA and Lueana Alan Bowers, Ririe, ID. Also surviving are 49 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and one on the way. Joyce has one surviving sister, Maxine Christensen of Richmond, UT, and two brothers, LaVere Bonnie Karren of Ririe, ID and Clead Kaylene Karren of Issaquah, WA. She has numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. Her parents, George Leavitt and Ruth Karren, two brothers Nolan Karren and Ned Karren, and two grandsons preceded her in death.

Joyce lived with her family in Utah until she was eight years old. They moved to White Bluffs, WA to work a dairy farm and grow fruit. After being evacuated from White Bluffs in 1942 because of the Hanford Project, the family resided in Pasco waiting for a home to become available in Richland. George Leavitt, her father, was the second to be employed with DuPont as a bus driver for the Hanford site. Joyce attended school from third grade until her Junior year in Washington and then completed her Senior year in Utah, graduating from North Cache High in Richmond, Utah.

After graduating and returning to Washington, she married her love. They met at Castlebury’s Drugstore, then on the corner of Symons and Goethals in Richland, she being a “fountain server”. Dick had come to Washington after serving in the Air Force. They were married, and later sealed to each other in 1957 in the Logan Temple.

The Karren family was very involved in the beginnings of the LDS Branch. Throughout her life she has served in many capacities in her church, enjoying them all. Her love for her Savior was evident as she lived a life of kindness and service to many. She leaves many dear family members as well as dear friends, but is being greeted by many now as she believed life is eternal.

Joyce loved to do crafts, crochet, knit, sew and was indeed a great homemaker. Meals were served to many around a large family table. She faithfully attended ballgames, piano programs, school events, dance recitals, and any event that supported her children. She was a willing PTA worker and Room Mother as her children attended school.

Joyce and Dick were great examples of good parents and wonderful grandparents. They worked hard together raising their nine children. To supplement the household income, Joyce tended children in her home and worked at the church bookstore for many years. They were best friends, fishing and camping together, square dancing, and serving church callings and missions together. They served as temple workers in the Seattle Temple and three missions as missionaries in the Ireland Mission, visitor guides at the Salt Lake City Temple Visitors Center, and helpers at the Church Bishop Storehouse locally. They developed lovely friendships and reminisced of their experiences fondly. They were married 57 years.

Joyce will be remembered as a happy woman, seeming to have a sure understanding of her reason and purpose in life. Nothing made her happier and prouder than the accomplishments and happiness of her family. She loved being in the know and involved in the family until the last days of her life. She now carries on with a healthy body able to do all she once did again.

The family would like to express appreciation to all those who attended to Joyce during her time of illness. We feel she had superb medical care and appreciate all that Hospice has done.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, June 25, 2007 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Paradise Chapel in West Richland. Graveside will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Richland. Visitation will be Sunday the 24th, 4:00-6:30 PM at Einan’s Funeral Home, also in Richland.

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  • Joyce I will miss you. You hold a special place in my heart.I’ve known you for a year ever since I started cleaning your house.We became friends you and Lonnie treated me like family.Small world when we met little did we know that i knew your daughter lonna. Joyce you knitted a pink poncho for my baby girl and i will never forget you. Thank you for showing me that there is still wonderful people in this world. When i spoke to joyce on tuesday i was able to tell her thank you and that she holds a special place in my heart. To the family my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Always Belinda

    Belinda S.
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • To the Family of Joyce Rhoten:

    Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. It’s so unfair that death has the power to take our loved ones away, but as you know, the Bible is a wonderful source of comfort. Almighty God understands the feelings of losing a dear loved one when his son was dead for three days, but on the third day he raised him from the dead. He can do the same for your dear Joyce.John 5:28,29 You have dear memories to remind you of your wife and mother and friend, may they continue to bring you comfort during this period of mourning.

    S. Sloane
    November 4, 2014
    Baltimore, MD, US
  • Joyce was my Primary Lark teacher and I will always remember activities held at her home. Joyce and Lonnie were a fun young couple and to go to their home was the highlight of activities.

    Joyce taught me how to say a prayer. She was a great teacher and I have never forgot her because she has a place in my childhood memory bank as one of my cherished teachers, one who loved and taught by example.

    Linda Williams
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Lonnie and Joyce were always kind to me. I give my sincerest thanks to you both for encouragement and aid when I needed it most.

    Lonny Burton
    November 4, 2014
    meridian, ID, US