Joyce Lorraine Hess 1927 - 2022

Joyce Lorraine Hess was born on March 2, 1927, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Dar and Bernice (Moser) Whitman. The family lived in Wakonda, South Dakota, before moving to Newberg, Oregon, in 1941, where Joyce first attended a one-room schoolhouse and then Newberg High, where she was the Newberg Berrian Queen and a High School Booster Girl. While still in high school, she took the bus to Portland to work at Meier & Frank. On June 27, 1948, she married Richard Hess, her high school sweetheart, and they settled first in Corvallis, where Richard was studying agriculture at OSU, and then on a dairy farm in Dayton, where they raised seven children. From 1957 until her death, Joyce was a charter member of the Junior Matrons.

 In retirement, Richard and Joyce tended a large garden and orchard at their home in Willamina and fed many from its bounty. Joyce enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Until a few years ago, she still canned tomatoes and applesauce every summer and dried figs and apples to give away. She always kept a five-gallon bucket of ice cream in the deep freezer for visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 Joyce is survived by two sisters, Barbara of Newberg, Oregon, and Gail of Irrigon, Oregon; her seven children, Steve Hess of Dayton, Oregon, Janet Woods of McHenry, Maryland, Susan Roeser of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Mark Hess of Monitor, Oregon, Mike Hess of Willamina, Oregon, Brad Hess of McMinnville, Oregon, and Brenda Hess of McMinnville; 21 grandchildren; and 53 great-grandchildren. Preceding Joyce in death were her brothers, Mark, Jean, Glen, and Ray. Joyce joined her husband of 63 years to rest in peace with the Lord on September 17, 2022. The viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 23, at Attrell’s Funeral Home in Newberg. A Celebration of Life service and reception will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 24, at Pioneer Evangelical Church in Dayton, Oregon, followed by entombment at Valley View Memorial Park, Dayton Ave. in Newberg, Oregon.


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