Joyce Marie Boldman


Joyce Marie Boldman, 79, passed away at her home surrounded
by her children on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, due to complications of
MSA compounded by a broken heart. She was preceded in death by
her beloved husband, Richard "Dick" Boldman, on September 30, 2011. A
memorial service to honor them both will be held at 12 Noon, Saturday,
February 4, 2012, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military
Road, Walla Walla, Washington. The Rev. Ron Alexander will be officiating.

One of nine children, Joyce and twin sister Janet
were born on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1932, in Kahlotus,
Washington, to William Cecil and Florence Alma Young
Watson. Her father worked for the Union Pacific Railroad
and they lived several places before settling in Walla Walla
where she grew up attending local schools. As teenagers
both twins worked at the Liberty Theater as usherettes and
the Triple XXX Drive-In as carhops which at times created
some confusing, comical situations. Janet preceded her in
death February 27, 2000.

Joyce met Dick Boldman, the love of her life, while
working at the Liberty Theater. They were married at the
Catherine Street home of his parents, Ray and Nellie Hill
Boldman in Walla Walla on February 12, 1949. Their 62
year marriage was a source of great pride and admiration
for their family and celebrated every year with a special
anniversary dinner and family gathering. Both were very
proud of their large family and Dad would often look
at Mom with great pride and say, "Just look at what we started!"

Joyce was meticulous with numbers and an excellent
bookkeeper who had beautiful handwriting. She began
working for Sears Roebuck Co. as a sales clerk in 1959,
but quickly worked her way up to the office. After 31
years with the company, she retired from her position as
Audit Manager in May of 1990. Joyce was a member of the
Alpha Beta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority where
she served two terms as president and many more as the

Mom Dad enjoyed camping, mushrooming and
traveling with many of their life-long friends. Although
Dad did most of the cooking, Mom was also a great cook
and made "The World's Best" fried chicken and potato
salad. She used to enjoy crocheting and was an excellent
seamstress. In more recent years, her favorite activities
were family gatherings and special occasions, watching
Millioniare, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy and lunch out
with her "Thursday Lunch Bunch" whenever she could.

She is survived by her daughter, Vicki (Bruce)
Maughan, and son, David Boldman of Walla Walla; son Mark
(Joyce) Boldman of Pasco, Washington; grandchildren:
Steven (Andrea) Sundberg, Ryan (Michelle) Block, Andy
(Shannon) Block all of Walla Walla; Bill Boldman of Richland,
Washington; Angie Boldman of San Diego, California; Dia
Erpenbeck of Fairdale, Kentucky; and Lea Hanson of Maple
Valley, Washington; eleven great-grandchildren: Jesica,
Kevin, Erik, Gabby, Andi, Sam, Eli, Wyatt, Hadley, Roslyn
and Jameson; many nieces and nephews; her sister, Helen
(Ernest) Vixie of Walla Walla; and sister-in-law, LaVerna
(Ray) Lynn of Beaverton, Oregon.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, husband,
and four sisters: Dorothy Dereberry, Jean Ferrell, Myrn
Lindsey and her twin, Janet Anderson; and three brothers:
Webb Watson, Wayne Watson and Darrel Watson.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital or Walla Walla Community
Hospice through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551
Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

A celebration of life reception and potluck dinner will be held following
the memorial at the home of Bruce Vicki Maughan, 538 Prospect Avenue
in Walla Walla. All friends and family are invited and encouraged to bring a
picture or special memory to share. A private inurnment will be at Mountain
View Cemetery at a later date.
Friends may also write memories and sign the online guestbook at


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