Joyce Ann Kinkade McBride, age 66, lifetime Mabton and Bickelton resident, passed away on July 12, 2011 in Richland. Joyce was born Feb. 4, 1945 in a back room of a store in Mabton to Harley and Helen Kinkade.
The family moved to Kettle Falls, where she went to school and completed the fourth grade. The Kinkade family returned to Mabton, where Joyce finished her education and graduated with the Mabton High School class of 1963.
On Oct. 16, 1983 she married Richard C. McBride in Tacoma. She went to Beauty School in Yakima before working as a telephone operator for United Telephone Company for several years. Joyce’s various occupations included being a bookkeeper, working for several auto dealerships in the valley, including, Dick Smith Ford and George Muggli Ford, both in Wapato, and later for Hall Chevrolet in Prosser until she retired in 1985.
Following retirement, Joyce continued working as a bookkeeper for the family business, McBride Ranches. Joyce was an entrepreneur throughout her working career, creating BlueLight Fancee Poppins. She and Richard worked as a team using the family recipe, popping and making the delicious popcorn and then going and selling it at valley car shows and on trips to Arizona. Joyce also owned and operated the Sunflower Café in Mabton from 1993 to 1996. She worked for the Salvation Army in Grandview for several years.
She was an active member of the Mabton Historical Society. One of the final projects Joyce worked on was to have a museum in Mabton. Joyce was a former member of the Mabton Grace Brethren Church, held home Bible Studies and was a member of the Valley Life Baptist Church in Grandview.
She loved music and could play any song by ear on the keyboard. In 1997 Joyce and Richard started the Gospel Music Jamboree at the Waneta Grange and Mabton Grace Bretheren; many people enjoyed the music and fellowship. Joyce also was the instructor for the Sunshine Twirlers in Bickleton and Mab¬ton.
Joyce had a love for horses. One of her first jobs was cleaning the horse barns for Camillus Flower and her love for horses continued throughout her life. Joyce would count the days each year waiting to leave for Quartzsite, Arizona each fall, where many hours of four- wheeling, playing cards and karaoke were in store. Joyce was a party planner, for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, barbeques, class reunions, and any celebrations.
Joyce was the one who made sure everything was done and everyone had a great time. She cherished time spent with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and enjoyed multiple cruises with family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 27 ½ years, Richard McBride of Bickleton; three daughters, Misty Zamora (Gabriel) of Sunnyside; Melinda Whitmore (Tom) and Colleen Jensen (John) of Bickleton; two sons, Karl McBride (Nora) of Prosser; Ben McBride (Julie) of Bickleton.
She is also survived by one sister, Velva Wright of Kennewick, and one brother, Jerald Kinkade of Quartzsite; 20 grandchildren, including Brandon, Jessica, Samantha and Zack; three great- grandchildren, Calvin, Anthony and Brooklynn.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Viewing and visitation was held July 14 at the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.
Graveside service was held July 15 at Bickleton IOOF Cemetery. A Celebration of Life service was held July 15 at the Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church, under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.
Those wishing to honor Joyce’s memory may contribute to the Valley Life Baptist Church in Grandview. If you would like to sign Joyce’s online memorial book you may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com