Joyce Marie Vogel, 89, passed away Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Vista Manor in Wilber, Washington with her family by her side.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Leo; Daughters Teri Haglin (Phin) Wilber, Washington, Sherri Vogel (Josh Loew) Hayden, Idaho. She is survived by seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.
Joyce was born Jan. 11, 1928, to Fay and Grace Allen in Fargo, North Dakota. She was preceded in death by her parents Fay and Grace Allen; her son Thomas J.; and her sister Fay Margaret Harrison. She grew up in and graduated from high school in Breckenridge, Minnesota.
She moved to Bozeman, Montana, where she was employed as a telephone operator. She met and married Fred Christopherson. They had one son Thomas J. (TJ). They moved to Great Falls, Montana where Joyce was employed as a telephone operator. They were divorced and later she married Leo Vogel on Nov. 10, 1960.
They moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1961 and she was employed as a switchboard operator at the Waikiki Biltmore Hotel. In 1963, they moved to Hastings, New Zealand, where Joyce was employed as the officer manager of the New Zealand Apple and Pear Marking Board. On Oct. 10, 1964, their daughter Teri was born. In 1965, they returned to the U.S. on the passenger ship Seven Seas. They sailed through the Panama Canal, past Cuba, during the Cuban Blockade, escorted by two U.S. Navy destroyers. They docked in New York City. From there they went to Fargo, North Dakota, where Joyce’s parents resided. Their Daughter Sherri was born on Dec. 31, 1966, in Fargo, North Dakota.
In 1970, they moved to Hamilton, Montana. Later, they moved to Clarkston, Washington, where Joyce worked at Jenifer Junior High School in Lewiston, Idaho, as a lunchroom supervisor. She also work at Printcraft Printing with her husband Leo.
They joined the First Presbyterian Church in Clarkston, Washington, where she was very active in the Valley Christian Aid Network (VALCAN), and served many years as president. She was also involved with RSVP, and with the Clarkston Senior Center.
She loved riding on the back of their 1980 Honda Goldwing motorcycle with her husband Leo. They traveled throughout the United States and Canada. They biked over 100,000 miles during their ventures.
In 2005 they moved back to Hamilton, Montana, where they jointly managed 100 storage units. They were members of the 1st Presbyterian Church.
In 2012, they moved to Harrington, Washington to be closer to their daughters. While there, they attended the United Methodist Church.
On April 30, 2017, Joyce moved into Vista Manor in Wilber, Washington, where she spent her final months.
A memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m., at the Harrington United Methodist Church 309 W. Alice St., Harrington, WA 99134. Reverend Michelle Mitchell will preside.