Joyce Romaine Corbin Reese

Joyce Romaine Corbin Reese

Quincy, WA

Almost three months to the day after Ira Reese passed on to eternity, grandma, Joyce Reese followed him to be with Jesus. Their age-related conditions and COVID kept them apart for most of two years. Together again, a happy reunion. Joyce was born in Altoona, PA, on March 14, 1929, to Jacob and Helen Corbin. She was the youngest of six and grew up on the hill overlooking the railroad shops, where her father was a machinist. Joyce was a city girl who married a country bumpkin. It was an adjustment moving from town to a cabin in an Allegheny hollow. Joyce took the outhouse instead of a bathroom, wood cook stove instead of an electric, and the rocked-in spring house for a refrigerator, without a whine. She was a little leary of the large, shiny black snake that liked to sun itself on the path to her front door, but she quickly got used to him there. She had a remarkable ability to simply accept what was and make the best of it with good cheer, look forward with hope, not back with regret, earnest praying along the way, and fortified that great attitude. All things work for good.

Following better work opportunities, Ira and Joyce moved from rural Centre County, PA, to Seattle, WA, where he settled in with Boeing. It was a good job, but not satisfying. Pastures were truly greener in Quincy, WA. She wasn’t sure about the move, but all things work for good. So, over the mountains they came, and they stayed. Together, they created a farmstead from scratch. Together, they built a very large circle of dear friends. They played cards, square danced, took road trips, and packed in to the wilderness on horses. Happily, they grew old together.

Joyce especially loved children and was a natural teacher. While working at both Morgan’s V-Store and Royer’s Coast to Coast in Quincy, she managed the toy sections, played every game, and tried every item, before stocking it for the Christmas season. At church, she was a dedicated Christian education leader; she planned and taught Sunday school and Bible school, and organized children’s programs. She and her flock of animal character puppets, special star, Winky Bear, told countless original stories showcasing the Christian values of kindness, forgiveness, and honesty, that struck home with kids and adults alike. If you ever heard a Winky Bear story that seemed directed right to your personal quandary of the moment, most likely it was! The immediate needs of those around her was the inspiration for each story. In retirement, she did her most important work helping establish the Winky Bear Preschool. Toward the end of her life, her most precious “remember when” talks were about things that happened with the little kids she had loved so much, some were her family and some were barely known, but they were all remembered with warm love.

Wherever she was, Joyce made it a personal mission to make others feel welcomed and appreciated. She sensed those who were hurting and reached out. Joyce mentored a lot of young mothers and wives along the way, with wisdom and loving care. Of course, her best advice was always to remember that all things work for good, so keep looking forward in life to find that truth.

Joyce was aptly named; she lived life joyfully, and life was good. She leaves behind a daughter, Darlene; son-in-law, Cliff; grandsons: Kelsey (Brooke), Derek, and Russell (Samantha); great-grandchildren: Blake, Grant, Sam, Lauren and Emma; and Winky Bear.

A private Family Service will be held later.

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