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Joyce Beeksma

Joyce Elaine Beeksma

Thursday, September 22nd, 1932 - Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
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In Loving Memory

Joyce Elaine Beeksma

Joyce Elaine (Dudeck) Beeksma was called home to the loving arms of Jesus her Savior on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at her home in Oak Harbor, Washington.

Joyce was born on September 22, 1932 in Spokane, Washington, to Harry Frank Dudeck and Elsie Pauline (Hartert) Dudeck. Joyce had one sibling, Ronald Harry Dudeck, who preceded her in death. Because her father worked for the railroad, Joyce grew up traveling widely around the country with her family. She was confirmed in Emmanuel Lutheran Church and attended John Rogers High School in Spokane. Joyce went on to graduate with a degree in elementary education from Whitworth College in 1954, where she met the love of her life, Barney Beeksma, as well as many friends who remained close her whole life. During her college years, she was May Queen for Spokane’s annual Lilac Festival. Whitworth University remained dear to Joyce and Barney’s hearts and they supported several major capital projects, such as a sports facility and campus chapel and theology center.

Barney and Joyce were married on August 22, 1954. She taught in Spokane while Barney served in the US Army in Korea for two years. Upon his return, the couple moved to Barney’s hometown of Oak Harbor where Joyce taught in Oak Harbor schools. She enjoyed being a wife and mother as well as volunteering in local organizations. For many years she was a member of First Reformed Church and served the local church faithfully.

Joyce loved dancing and would smile from ear to ear when she and Barney were the last couple on the dance floor. She also enjoyed travel and did so often with her husband’s employment, including visiting most of the states, numerous times to Washington D.C. and occasionally to Europe.

Joyce’s greatest joy was family. She and Barney have three children: Joan and Clark Donnell of Oak Harbor, Mark and Diane Beeksma of Kauai, and Julie and Kenton Dale of Oak Harbor. They provided ten grandchildren: Kelsea Donnell, Scott (Amy) Donnell, Stacey (Alex) O’Farrell, Joshua Beeksma, Bradley Beeksma, Stuart Beeksma, Andrew Beeksma, Alyssa Beeksma, Heather (Serge) Bakire and Tom (Akasha) Dale, plus three great grandchildren and a fourth on the way.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband Barney and her children and grandchildren. She was known for her joyous heart and optimistic spirit as well as her love for her Lord, her family and her many friends.



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Diane Nienhuis

Posted at 05:33pm
A beautiful friend. She always had time to talk with me. I am sorry for your lost and sending my prayers and love to Barney and her children and their families love, Diane Nienhuis
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Donna Pein

Posted at 01:47pm
Joyce was always so gracious to us at Island Savings (InterWest Bank). I loved her smile, and the Lord blessed her with a loving and giving heart. I came to Oak Harbor as a young wife and mother of two little girls and quickly got a job at Island Savings. During my 19 years there, I was proud to have a Godly man like Barney as a boss. It wasn't long before I met his dear wife, and it was clear they were "in love." As the years passed, I would see her walking all over town - - always with that gorgeous smile! Every Christmas, she sent our family Christmas tidings; she never forgot! Their whole family has been an inspiration to me as I raised my own. Joyce was like a blooming rose by Barney's side; I know she will be missed by all, but I thank the Lord she knew Jesus as Her Savior. We are confident she is with Him now. Love you all... Donna & Don Pein, Janina & Joanie

Diane Eelkema

Posted at 10:15am
Joyce will be surely missed. No one was more proud of her family. She really enjoyed sharing everyone’s accomplishments and activities. She also knew people’s background and family lineage. And she was a real lady never a cross comment made in public. Such a great hostess. I will miss her at pinochle. Diane
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