Joyce Seymour passed away peacefully at her residence in Colville August 12, 2013. She had fought a long hard battle with COPD and emphysema. She considered herself lucky that she was able to stay home due to the care of her daughter, Kris; son Don, and two granddaughters, Brandi and KaLelia, at the end, the wonderful Hospice staff. Joyce passed away knowing all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were there by her side.
Joyce was born in Puyallup in 1936. She was raised in the Puyallup area. She shared many stories like picking strawberries in the fields (so she could buy those forbidden high heels). She idolized her half-sister, Billie, and the two were inseparable. Joyce graduated from Puyallup High School in 1954.
Joyce met Lloyd Humphrey Sr. while she was a senior in high school and he was a military man at Fort Lewis. They married as soon as Joyce graduated. Lloyd (Laddy), whisked her to the small town of Kettle Falls. She had her first child, Lloyd Humphrey Jr. Their marriage did not last long, but through the years, they remained friends.
Joyce moved to California and eventually married Melvin Lawrence. Joyce worked as a card dealer and waitress in the casinos. She and Melvin also had a catering truck business. Joyce had her second son, Karl, and then their first daughter, Linda. Then 18 months later came a second daughter, Kris.
They eventually packed up the family and moved back to Kettle Falls where Melvin’s family was located. Joyce continued on waitressing in local restaurants and doing the books for the construction business and then the shake mill business she and Melvin had.
Joyce and Melvin were very involved in the community. Joyce was an active member in the Lady Lions and many other community events. Joyce and Melvin eventually parted their ways and Joyce moved to Colville.
Joyce made many friends (that lasted a lifetime) in her travels through small local towns. She ended up settling in Inchelium. She worked for years for the Hartman’s at their resort. She also worked as a bartender and waitress at the local bars and restaurants. She met her third husband, Samuel (Cope) Carson. They had a brief relationship that ended almost as quickly as it began.
Joyce then found the man of her soul, Ignatious (Ricky) Seymour. She and Ricky had 26 wonderful years together. They loved camping, huckleberrying and swimming. Most of all, they loved spending time with their grandchildren. Joyce was never so happy as when her tow daughters decided to move back to the local area so that she could see her grandchildren regularly. Her two grandsons lived with her at times and she babysat her two granddaughters from the time they were little until they thought they were way too big to be sat. Ignatious and Melvin even built a small cabin on Kris’ property so that Joyce could be with the grandkids more often.
After Ignatious passed away, Joyce moved in with Kris and Don in Colville. She spent eight-plus wonderful years with them. She still camped, gardened, swam and enjoyed her grandchildren and children. She also enjoyed having her five great-grandchildren close.
Joyce had an adventurous life that gained her many friends and plenty of travels. Her life took a change 22 years ago when she decided to engage in sobriety. She found peace and joy in this decision and never had another drink. She enjoyed life, friends and family. Joyce passed away having had a fulfilling life. She was loved by many and called, Mother, Sister, Grandma, and Auntie, whether related or not! Joyce loved all whole-heartedly and will be missed tremendously.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; a brother; son, Karl Lawrence, sister, Billie; husband Samuel Carson, soul-mate and husband, Ignatious Seymour; grandson, John Springer, and sister and brother of heart, Peggy Louie and Emmit Denison.
Joyce is survived by her son, Lloyd Humphrey Jr., Colville; daughter, Linda Stillwell, Kettle Falls; daughter, Kris Palm and her husband, Donald Palm, Colville; grandson, Chris Springer and his wife, Rheanna and two great-granddaughters, Suzara and Satya, Shelton; granddaughter Brandi Lopata and her husband Adam and three great-grandchildren, Dustie, Michael, and Bryant, Colville; KaLelia Johnson and her husband Ryan, Colville; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.