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Wilma Joyce Graves Carver

May 14, 2014 by

Wilma Joyce Graves Carver, 80, passed away peacefully May 2, 2014, after a short battle with colon cancer.

She began her long and notable life in Bend, on Dec. 8, 1933, born to Ruth Bradley Graves and Frank Graves. After returning to Silver Lake, Joyce’s family soon bought an 120 acre farm in Summer Lake, which included a dilapidated farm house without indoor plumbing and a lean-to for sleeping quarters. ‘

With a dream and confidence in their abilities, the family bought two buildings from Camp Abbott, now Sun River, hauled them south piece by piece and built the Summer Lake Lodge in 1946 across from the Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge.  Joyce worked alongside her parents in running the Lodge until she left home for college.

She attended the Ana River School, a one-room schoolhouse behind the Episcopal Church and Summer Lake Store, from grades one to eight, where most of her classmates were her cousins.   Participation in 4H brought fun and satisfaction, as well as financial profit.

After graduating from Paisley High School in 1950, with a class of four students, she moved to Corvallis and attended Oregon State College on the Bernard Daly Scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1955. She was an active member of Alpha Gamma Delta.

Joyce began her 32- year teaching career in the San Francisco Bay area.  In 1960, the Department of Defense came calling, recruiting teachers to teach children of families living on military bases in Germany.  She boarded a plane to Gelnhausen, Germany, opening her world to life-long friends, love of travel, and new adventures. Returning to Sunnyvale, Calif., Joyce was swept off her feet by a handsome tennis pro and Lockheed employee, Frank Carver, a graduate of Tulane University.  They married in May of 1966 and welcomed their first child, Randy Carver, in 1968.

The young Carver family bought a farm in Corvallis in 1970, Riverland Ranch, on Kiger Island in the Willamette River.  Alison Carver (Wycoff) arrived that year.  Joyce spent 36 years on Kiger Island growing vegetables, flowers, berries, fruit trees, welcoming neighbors and friends, raising her children, volunteering, playing bridge, throwing parties, and shining her special light on all in her world.

Joyce taught primary school in the Corvallis School District until her retirement in 1994. Joyce was also an active member of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, serving on many volunteer committees and greeting friends each Sunday morning.

After Joyce’s husband passed away in 2005, she relocated to Edmonds, Wash. to be closer to her children and grandchildren.  She spent her remaining years as an active member of the Edmonds Sno/King AAUW Branch, volunteering in her grandchildren’s classrooms, playing bridge and being a genuine friend to many.  Joyce also served as the Sunday School superintendent at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Edmonds, and later a parishioner and volunteer at St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Seattle.

Joyce is survived by her son, Randy Carver and daughter, Alison Carver Wycoff. Grandchildren, Claire Wycoff, Joseph Wycoff and Sabrina Carver, four nieces and nephews, and countless great and great-great nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, May 10 in Seattle.  A second service will be held Friday, June 27, 3:00 p.m. at The  Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the: Joyce Carver Memorial Scholarship, c/o Alison Wycoff, 1233 NE 187th St., Shoreline, Wash. 98155.

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