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07/01/1949 — 10/24/2022
Celebration of Life
On Monday, October 24, 2022, surrounded by her family, Joyce Lynn Willborn, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to many, went home to be with Jesus at the age of 73. She was born on July 1, 1949, in Glendale, CA. Graduated from Glendora High School in 1967. Completed cosmetology school in Southern CA and continued to maintain her license throughout her life.
In December 1968, Joyce moved to the Tri-Cities and has lived here ever since. Joyce married Ed Willborn on December 6, 1975. As her children went to school she was active in the PTA at Edison Elementary school. Served as a Guardian Ad Litem specializing in children with ASL needs in Benton and Franklin county. Also served as a volunteer support advocate at Support, Advocacy, and Resource Center (SARC). Was a member of the Church of Christ in Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland. She enjoyed working as a bank teller first at People’s Bank, then West One Bank, and in August 2022 retired after 25 years working at Community First Bank.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents James and Gene Barkdoll. She is survived by her husband of nearly 47 years, Edward, children, Amy Lee, Rebecca Jones and husband Jason, Kevin Willborn and wife Ashlee, grandchildren, Paige, Peyton, Zachary, Carson, Collin, Andrew, William, Leyton and Kelton; sister Judy Huelga and husband Roberto, brother David and wife Susan, sister-in-law Joanne Saetre and many friends and extended family.
A celebration of Joyce’s life will be at the Richland Church of Christ, 933 Thayer Dr, Richland, WA 99352 on Saturday, November 12th at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Chaplaincy Hospice House, 2108 W. Entiat, Kennewick, WA 99336. Their loving care of Joyce was such a blessing, to Joyce and the family in a very difficult time.
Condolences on the passing of Joyce. We were neighbors from late 80’s in town. She was a very kind person and had a great personality. Joyce may God Bless you!
We are so sorry to hear about Joyce. I hired her as a part-time teller many years ago at Community First Bank. She was truly one of my favorite Tellers. She was always so dependable and loved her customers. Her co-workers & customers loved her back.
She was a wonderful wife, mom & especially a “Grandmother.” I loved all the family stories that she would share with me.
I know how much you and family will miss her. Hold all those dear memories close to your heart/
Frank & Mary Lamb
Joyce was always one of my favorite people. Even though I was a hard child she always showed love and patience. I will never forget our camping trips, all the things she did for us at edsion elementary. She was always such a great friend to our family. Rest in peace my friend. Your family and friends will keep your memories alive. Go find mom and party it up. You both have years to catch up on. So sorry to Ed, Amy, Becky and Kevin. Fly high my friend.
Thank you for sharing your be2 mom with us, she was there for me when I broke my ankle at a youth event and she took me to the clinic to have it looked at. She will always have a special place in my heart . your family is in my thoughts and prayers
I always looked forward to my mini visits with Joyce when going through the drive thru window at Community First for work. She was always so friendly & was a wonderful comfort to me during my own Mother’s cancer treatments. We got a lot covered in those moments, several times a week. Please accept my most sincere sympathy. I wish now I would have known she was involved with Edison Elementary, because she probably knew my Mom when she taught there. (Jacque Sonderman) God Bless you during this sad time. She was a delight to know. More people should be like Joyce.
Dear neighbor and friend, we will miss you.
To the Willborn Family ,
Thank you for sharing your beautiful mother with us during our time in Tri Cities . She always made you feel like you were someone special and gave you her full attention . She was always so incredibly proud of her kids and grandkids , and loved being a baseball mom !!
Please know that we are thinking of you all in this difficult time and sending lots of love and hugs from a far . Heaven gained a special Angel and my life is better off for knowing Joyce even just a little bit .
Love to you all .
Ed , Amy Lee , Becky , Kevin , and family ,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife , mother , grand mother and to those who were blessed to meet her a very special lady. She had a unique character and always made you feel that she was so happy to see you , but more so that you were special just as you were . She had a natural and patient sense of resolve , was everyone ‘s cheerleader which attracted you to her even more., and a smile that never quit .
Please know that we are thinking of all of you at this difficult time and cherishing the memories we shared with Joyce .
Our sincere regards ,
So sorry to hear of your loss.
We were blessed to have Joyce in our lives for the past 16 years. She was a wonderful woman and we will miss her immensely. She always had a smile on her face and a fierce hug when you would greet her. Heaven has gauged an angel.