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Eva Joy Vosburgh
03/11/1933 — 02/25/2011
From Richland, WA, US | Born in Sidney, MT
Eva Joy Vosburgh
Joy Frost Vosburgh was born March 11, 1933 in Sidney, MT to Lon and Verna Frost. Joy joined the heavenly angels on February 25th, 2011 following a long and hard fought battle with lung disease COPD. She is now free from the pain she endured here on earth.
Joy spent her pre-school years on the Frost homestead on the prairies of eastern Montana, until depression era times forced her parents to move in to Sidney where she grew up and attended school. Joy was a gentle, kind soul that formed deep, lasting friendships; she could pick up the phone and talk to school chums as if they had just finished the prior conversation last week. Intelligent and hard working, she finished with top grades and still worked – babysitting from age 8, working in the local theaters at 13, and as a telephone operator before automated dialing at age 16. She only could afford one year of college at Northern Montana State, but always looked back on it as one of the happiest, carefree years of her young life.
Following her year of college and many years of work as a secretary, Joy married her soul mate, Bob in 1964, adopting Jeri Lynn and Brian and remaining happily married until her death.
Joy's gentle love formed the cement for the family, especially when we were far from relatives living in Virginia. She loved trees, historic areas, craft shows, museums and Smithsonian Institute in DC, transferring that appreciation for beauty to the rest of us. Joy was artistic by nature and delighted in turning a scruffy looking item into a showpiece for the home. She maintained a beautifully decorated home always. She loved oil painting until her eyesight no longer allowed her to pursue it. She loved all animals, especially the dogs she shared her life with. Above all, Joy was an excellent Mother and Wife as evidenced by her two responsible, successful and happy children and her soul mate that misses her dearly.
Joy is survived by the love of her life, Bob and the pride of her life, her children, Jeri Lynn of Tacoma, WA and Brian of Ellensburg, WA. She also is survived by one brother, Chuck and Martha Kay Frost of Riverton, Wyoming and numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. Joy was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial service will be held on Wednesday March 2nd, 2011, at 2:30pm at Memories at Sunset Event Center, located at 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA. A graveside service will be held in mid-late April in Sidney, Montana.
Those wishing to sign Joy's online memorial book can visit www.einansfuneralhome.com, those wishing to give in her memory in lieu of flowers may donate to Hospice at The Chaplaincy, 2108 W. Entiat, Kennewick, WA 99336
I did not know Mrs. Vosburgh personally, but wish I had. She and her husband made a generous donation to benefit animals in the Tri-Cities shortly before she died. To be so selfless and generous at a time when when she was so ill spoke volumes to me about the kind of lady she was. Ralph Waldo Emerson said something that I feel applies to the Vosburghs: “To know that even one life breathed easier because you have lived – that is success.” Thank you from a very grateful member of your community.
Am sorry to hear about Joy. I went to school in Sidney and Joy and I would walk to Sidney High School together.She was a very nice girl. My Sincere sympathy to the family.
I never met Joy, but heard many stories about Joy and Chuck and their parents from my mother Frances Sallaberry Steppler. My mother had many, many pictures of Chuck and Joy taken during the times she baby sat for the Frost family. If anyone is interested in these pictures let me know. Please accept my sincere condolences and know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Don Steppler
My sympathy to Joy’s family. Joy and I were college roommates at NMC and I could not have asked for a better one…lots of great memories! May God’s love surround her family as she will surely be missed. God bless.
Thank you for calling, Bob. Joy was a high school classmate of mine and we shared many good memories over the years. Our deepest sympathy to you Bob, and JeriLynn, Brian and families.
Janis Steffens, Sidney, MT
As a little boy in Sidney I loved to stay at the Frost’s with Joy to take care of me. I thought she was the prettiest girl I had ever seen. At the time I was 6 or 7 and before she went to college. I had the same memory this morning.
When I saw Joys maiden name it brought back memories of her Grandparents, who lived out near the Gosses, on what is Hyw 201. I grew up about 10 miles beyond and went to the Nazarene Ch. I have a picture of a tent meeting right across the road from where they lived. Their old house is still standing, barely. I was by it last Mo.
Bob,Jeri Lynn and Brian…I was so sorry to hear about Joy in the Sidney Herald…she was a great friend to my mother Joyce Robinson Sweley. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Joanne Sweley Lybeck