Joyce Marilyn (Hagland) McElroy

03/24/1943 — 08/08/2021

From Kennewick, WA | Born in Portland, OR

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Inurnment Graveside

Thu, August 12, 2021, 10:30 am
Sunset Gardens
915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA 99352

Joyce Marilyn (Hagland) McElroy

Joyce Marilyn (Hagland) McElroy was born March 24, 1943, in Portland, Oregon.  Her parents were Aura and Hugo Hagland, who were first-generation Americans from Northern Europe.  Her childhood homes were Rosburg, Washington, at her grandparents’ farm, and then Seattle, Washington.  Joyce had lived with her family in the Tri-Cities since 1965 with residences in Richland and Kennewick.

In 1961, Joyce graduated from Queen Anne High School in Seattle.  She achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1965 from Central Washington University in Ellensburg.  Joyce also obtained a Master’s degree in Counseling from Eastern Washington University in 1978.  Joyce’s first position was with Kennewick School District as a kindergarten teacher.  Joyce retired as a counselor from Richland School District in 2014, where she served at Jason Lee Elementary and Wiley Elementary.

Joyce enjoyed painting, quilting, and gardening and has left many beautiful works of art for the family to enjoy. A special memory for all of us was her rescue of Bunny B from Jason Lee Elementary, who helped her care for the garden and entertained the entire family.

survived by her husband of 58 years, Dale McElroy, who continues to reside in Kennewick, Washington. Joyce had two children, Jeffrey and Julie.  Julie McElroy resides in Richland, Washington.  Jeffrey McElroy, his son Maximus, and his wife Jane Jantep reside in Austin Texas. Joyce had two siblings.  Her sister Anne Meador and her husband Ray of Bellingham, Washington reside in Bellingham, Washington.  Her brother James Hagland preceded Joyce in passing. His wife Georgeanne Hagland resides in Lake Stevens, Washington Numerous nieces and nephews also survive Joyce.   

Joyce will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, aunt, friend and dedicated counselor to many children, who are now young adults, throughout the Tri-Cities.  

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  • I love you mom!!!

    August 23, 2023
  • I knew Joyce both as a colleague and a friend. She not only an awesome counselor to students but to adults as well. Many a time she saved me from insanity. Joyce, I think about you often and miss not having you in my life.

    Linda Row
    October 27, 2021
  • Mrs. McElroy was the counselor when I attended Jason Lee. She was such a kind spirit and it always felt like she was an advocate for the children she worked with. As as years have gone by I am reminded of that even more. She really cared for children and being there for them. What a truly loving and kind woman. Thank you for being a voice for us Mrs. McElroy as we grew to find our own. You are always remembered. My heart goes out to your family.

    Jennie Oliver
    September 3, 2021
    Spokane, Washington
  • I am so saddened to read that Joyce has passed. Joyce was one of the most caring people I have ever known. When meeting with students, families, or staff members, Joyce was the calming force in the room. Her gentle voice, accepting manner, and helpful ideas left a lasting imprint on those she worked with. Joyce was not only a gifted counselor, but a good friend. I miss her smile and laugh most of all. Joyce cherished her own children and husband, but had a special place in her heart for her grandson, Max. She loved to tell stories about playing with Max; he brought her much joy. My heart goes out to her family.

    September 3, 2021
  • Hi Mom,

    I love you with all my heart and I miss you forever! I gave you pink roses and flowers in your memory!
    Love ❤️

    Julie McElroy
    August 24, 2021
    Richland, WA
  • I am so sad to read of Joyce’s passing. She was School Counselor at Wiley Elementary when I was teaching there. I worked closely with her on many projects. She was so focused on the well-being of students and families and all-encompassing compassionate for their needs. Her smile brought so much brightness to all. I send my sympathy to the family, with thoughts and prayers.

    Norene Eggers-Erlandson
    August 13, 2021
    Richland, WA
  • I am so sorry to read of Joyce’s passing. We were neighbors for many years on Poplar and then on Westmoreland. In addition, as a school counselor, she was a valued colleague.
    Joyce was always kind and wise, with a very good heart. My sympathy to her family

    Teresa Knirck
    August 12, 2021
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