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Joyce Craig

August 6, 1941 — January 5, 2024

Willapa Valley

Joyce Edris Craig, 82, a lifetime resident of the Willapa Valley, died Friday, January 5th, 2024 at the Willapa Harbor Hospital in South Bend, WA.

Joyce was born on August 6 th , 1941 at the South Bend General Hospital to Edward and Emma
(Steudler) Camenzind. She graduated from Willapa Valley School in 1959. On September 24th,
1960 she married Richard “Dick” Allen Craig.

Joyce was a 3rd generation dairy farmer and with her husband Dick, raised their daughters on
the same dairy farm in Holcomb that her parents raised her. They earned many awards including the 1969 Pacific County Dairy Family of the Year. She was very proud that the farm is
now being operated by the 4 th , 5 th and 6 th generations of the family.

She graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Degree in Education in 1964. She
worked for the Pacific County PUD in the Education Dept. from 1966 until 1978. She worked in
the schools in the county demonstrating electrical appliances, safety and also worked on the
Gold Medallion program.

She was an integral part of many young women’s special moments, by altering and constructing many wedding, bridesmaids and prom dresses. She also worked as a wedding coordinator for many weddings over the years. She never charged for any of her services, stating that “sewing is a hobby and you do not charge for a hobby”.

Joyce loved her grandchildren, and greats. She enjoyed meal prep, baking, trying new recipes,
yard work and traveling. She also was a food and sewing judge at many events.

Joyce was a member of the Lewis Pacific Swiss Society, Washington State Dairy Women, Lebam Community Church, and lifetime association with 4-H. She served for over 20 years on the Pacific County Advisory Board for Harbor Home Health and as a helper with Sunday Afternoon Live. She spent countless hours volunteering and supporting the Pacific County Fair.

Joyce is preceded in death by her husband Richard and sister Alice Bakke.

She is survived by her sister Lois Burkhalter of Rosburg, daughters Lori (Mark) Ashley of Lebam and Lana (Terry) Smaciarz of Holcomb. As well as her grandchildren Richard Ashley, Craig Ashley, Andrea (Gus) Evers, Abby (Chris) Jansen, Alicia (Chase) McCarthy and Adam (Kaitlyn) Smaciarz and 5 great-grandchildren, and special friend John Aegerter.

Services will be held Saturday, January 13th at 11 am at the Lebam Community Church with
reception to follow in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Willapa Valley Alumni Scholarship, Lebam
Community Church and Lewis Pacific Swiss Society.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Joyce Craig, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Pacific time)

Lebam Community Church

2336 SR 6, Raymond, WA 98577

Reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

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