Joyce Kay Clark

09/22/1933 — 04/04/2010

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Lacomb, Oregon

Joyce Kay Clark

Joyce K. Clark passed away April 4, 2010 of a severe coronary attack. Joyce was born on September 22, 1933 to Henry and Ethel Nolan in Lacomb, Oregon. Her early years were spent in several cities in Oregon. She graduated form Washington High School in Portland, Oregon in 1951. Upon graduation she went to work for the telephone company as an operator. She transferred from Portland to Walla Walla in 1952. It was there that she met and married her husband Walter E. Clark in 1955. He was employed by Pacific Power and Light and his career was spent in Portland, Kalispell, Montana, Klamath Falls and Medford, Oregon, where they retired in 1983. They moved back to the Tri-Cities in 2004 to be near family.

Joyce is survived by her husband Walter; her brother Mason Nolan; brothers-in-law Ray Clark, Bennett Clark, Jack Clark and wife JoAnn, Steve Clark and wife Joan; sister-in-law Bette Clark; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Ethel Nolan; sisters Willia Seesa, Doris Gentino and Dixie Davis.

Joyce was a member of the Southern Oregon Orchid Society, several quilting guilds and the American Association of China Painters.

No services are planned but a memorial in her home will be held at a later date.

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  • I just found this memorial page today. My parents were friends of Joyce and Walt in Medford. My father worked with Walt for many years.

    We have a small mirror that Joyce etched a pattern in, given to us as a wedding present. We see it every day and remember them.

    Scott Linn
    November 28, 2022
  • Dear Joyce,

    I don’t think I realized how much a part of my life you played until you were gone too soon. I will miss your smile most of all! Your Honesty, your contagious laugh and your little green cup sitting at the 5 ft. mark at the pool! : I know you are keeping an eye on me from above!

    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • Joyce was a delight and will be missed from our quilting groups, especially Handiworkers and SEW-Q. She enriched my life.

    Linda Woosley
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • My family and I will miss my Great Aunt Joyce very much. She brought so much love and life to us.


    Stephanie Seese-Gagnon
    November 4, 2014
    Sandy, OR, US
  • Oh the great times we had quilting, talking, and laughing together our little group will not be complete without you. Save me a place at the table we will be there soon ready to see your smile and ready to quilt with you.

    Robin Bivins
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Joyce was a wonderful person to know and be a friend. I will definitely miss her upbeat self.

    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • I will miss the time spend hand sewing with Joyce and the fun times we had at Project Linus mary

    mary shoop
    November 4, 2014
    kennewick, WA, US
  • Dear Walt,

    Sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. She was a good swimming buddy and quilter friend while we were all in Southern Oregon. She will be greatly missed, but her beautiful quilts will be a visible memory of her talents.

    Vicki Keeney
    November 4, 2014
    Hines, OR, US
  • I only knew Joyce for a short time but she was a wonderful person to be around. She will be missed at our Material Women Friendship group. And that smile of hers was wonderful.

    Lois Pedersen
    November 4, 2014
  • Joyce was our wonderful neighbor for 30 years, we have really missed Joyce and Walter since they left Medford for Tri-Cities.

    Susie & Rich Wright
    November 4, 2014
    Medford, OR, US
  • My condolences to Walt & family. I met Joyce in Hands All Around quilt group in Ashland, OR, and spent many happy moments discussing recipes, gardening and other topics in addition to quilting.

    Jan DeBritto
    November 4, 2014
    Phoenix, OR, US
  • Joyce was the most consistent, enthusiastic yoga student in my M/F 7:15 a.m. yoga class. Joyce liked yoga, especially the neck adjustments at the end of Friday class. She said yoga reminded her of the Tai Chi classes she had enjoyed in Medford. Joyce and I were also co-students in water aerobics where we heard many stories about the activities she and her beloved husband, Walt, enjoyed, quilting, gardening, and cooking. She was a woman who shared of herself easily and laughed heartily. Joyce was my friend and will be missed.

    Jenifer Haler
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Joyce was a very talented quilter and a lovely person. I enjoyed my time spent with her at various SEWQ functions.

    Wendy Bennett
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Joyce will be greatly missed in our water aeorbics class at CBRC. She and I had many conversations at the 5 foot depth during class.

    Mary Yarborough
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • I was so sad to hear of Joyce’s passing. Shw was a great friend and we enjoyed many laughs, lunches and recipes together over the years. I will miss her. Walt, you were the love of her life and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Robbi Baham
    November 4, 2014
    Medord, OR, US
  • My thoughts and prayers to you at this time, Walt. Joyce gave of herself freely and would help in any way she could. I know she cared deeply for you Walt, as she talked fondly of you. Joyce and I met through our little friendship group of six. I then got to know her better when three of us took a class in Ephrata on our Featherweights. Oh, she loved that little machine. I will miss her in our group and her cheerful input. Many prayers..

    Tanya L. Bunch
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick,, WA, US
  • I will always remember Joyce for her enthusiasm for life – whether it was gardening or quilting. Whenever I see forsythia in bloom I will remember Joyce bringing her cuttings to our weekly guild. She made traditional quilts but I will remember her for her art quilts and her desire to learn different techniques. Walt was her life.

    Ellen Eastman
    November 4, 2014
    Medford, OR, US
  • Many happy hours of quilting were spent with Joyce at various quilt functions around the valley. I will miss her even more now. She really loved Walt, her great love of her life guy. May God console you Walt. I know we all will miss her in Cotton Pickers. Carol

    Carol Palmer
    November 4, 2014
    Medford, WA, US
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