Joyce Shillam went peacefully home to reside with her Heavenly Father on Jan. 13, 2014. Joyce was born June 27, 1943 in Spokane. She was a lifetime resident of Washington State, growing up in the Metaline Falls area and graduating from Metaline Falls High School in 1961.
She married the love of her life, Harry Lloyd Shillam, in 1962. They recently celebrated their 51st anniversary. The couple had made their home in the Colville Valley for the past 25 years.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Douglas and Bertha McNearney; by her brother, Doug McNearney, and by her grandson, Jeremy Chambers.
She will be greatly missed by surviving members of her family: husband, Harry Lloyd Shillam, Colville; sister, Shirley Buscher and husband Stan, Colville; sister, Janet Janke and husband, Bob, Colville; son Ed Shillam and wife Pat, Deer Park; daughter, Elaine Shillam, Auburn; son, Randy Shillam and wife, Judy, Colbert; daughter, Janet Day and husband, Dale, Chattaroy; along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Joyce enjoyed gardening, canning, crocheting, drawing, painting and scrapbooking. She had a strong faith. She had a silly sense of humor and was happy to get into any sort of mischief. She loved to laugh. She loved life and dearly loved her family. Joyce will be remembered by her dimpled smile and her compassion.
Funeral service for Joyce will be held at Danekas Funeral Home in Colville on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. There will be a potluck gathering directly afterward at the Fort Colville Grange for friends and family to continue to celebrate her life.