Joyce Key

1933 - 2013


Joyce Key

June 4, 1933 — Aug. 3, 2013

Joyce Laverle (Hart) Key of Umapine, passed away Aug. 3, 2013, at Park Manor Rehabilitation, Walla Walla. She was 80.

To honor her wishes a cremation followed by a private gathering at her home will be done.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Milton-Freewater Junior Show or the Veterans of Foreign Wars through Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater.

Joyce was born June 4, 1933, to Homer and Kathryn Hart. The family home was in Touchet. At the age of 8, Joyce and her family moved to Portland, where both parents were welders in the ship yards. After that they moved to Tumalo, Ore., where the family raised potatoes and, as Joyce put it, “barely scraped by.”

When Joyce was 13, she and the family moved to Umapine. She attended Umapine School and graduated valedictorian from Umapine High School. It was in school where she met the love of her life, Marvin Key. They were married on June 3, 1951, at the Christian Church in Milton-Freewater.

They set up their first home in the “honeymoon house” next to the Primitive Baptist Church. A year later they bought a house in Umapine. Shortly after that, Joyce’s dad built them a house on the Key Wallace farm a couple of miles south of Umapine, where she and Marvin lived until Marvin’s passing in 2009.

Joyce continued to live at the family home until just before her passing. It was there that they raised three sons, Gary, Doug and Brian. She was involved in many community organizations, including Umapine Home Economics Club, Umapine PTA, Daughters of the Pioneers and she served as the Umatilla County Elections chairperson for her precinct for many years. She was a gardener extraordinaire, avid reader, auction sale addict, antique collector, woodcarver and a loving wife and mother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; her parents; and brother, Donald Hart. She is survived by sister, Clem Roach; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Cindy; son Doug; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Merrianne; five grandchildren, Rachel, Erin, Jared, Marcus and Alli; three great-grandchildren, Ross, Coleman and Nora.


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