Loyce Eleanora Owsley passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012. The oldest of three
children, Loyce was born June 24, 1918, in Yakima, WA to Julian D. and Matilda
Jane Swanson. In 1931, the family moved to Milton-Freewater, where she attended
McLoughlin High School, graduating in 1935. She attended Washington State
Normal School in Ellensburg, WA. Loyce later went to work
for the Union-Bulletin as a teletype setter operator where she met Dallas T. Owsley.
They married on January 8, 1949. Loyce retired from the Union-Bulletin in 1963.
Together Loyce and Dallas enjoyed traveling in their
Airstream. They spent many days on the Oregon Coast and
enjoyed camping and fishing in the Eastern Washington
wilderness. They loved their dogs and enjoyed the company
of many different dogs throughout the years.
Loyce had many hobbies. She was an accomplished painter
who enjoyed painting scenery and portraits of her family
and her pets. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and rug
hooking. Loyce acted in several Little Theater plays and was
Berney PTA president during the 1950-51 school year.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Owsley Huber
(John); grandson, Jeffrey Watson (Karen) and greatgrandsons
Henry and Robert, all of Walla Walla; sister-inlaw
Betty Swanson of Hillsboro, OR; two nephews Steve
Slawson (Yvonne) of Walla Walla and David Slawson
(Cindi) of Buckley, WA. Loyce is preceded in death by her
parents in 1970; husband Dallas in 1993; sister Dorothy in
1999 and her husband James Slawson in 2012; and brother
Paul Swanson in 2009.
The family would like to thank the staff at Park Manor
Rehabilitation Center for all of their wonderful care of
Loyce through the years.
Family and friends may pay their respects from 1:00 to
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00
p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Mountain View-
Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla,
Washington. The funeral and celebration of life will be
2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2012, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain
Humane Society, the Alzheimer's Association or a charity
of donor's choice through the funeral home.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guest
book at mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.