Joyce Lagerwey

  Joyce Lagerwey, of Lynden, age 74, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 15, 2018. She was born Nov. 28, 1943 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, a daughter of Aven and Maudie Birdsong. She had one brother, Larry, and two sisters, Janie and Rhonda. Her parents moved the family to Aberdeen, Washington, in 1960; the following year, her parents moved back to Missouri.

Joyce was married to her first husband, Eugene Budde, in Aberdeen. There her son Jeff was born in 1962, followed by a daughter, Melisa, in 1965. After Melisa was born, they moved to Ferndale, where in 1971 third child Wes was born. In 2001 Joyce married Marinus Lagerwey of Lynden, and together they moved to Blaine. They attended Christ the King Church in Lynden.

  Marinus passed away in 2013, so she moved to Nampa, Idaho, to be near family. She lived there until September 2017 when she made the move back to Lynden and resided with family and then at the Christian Health Care Center. Upon returning to Lynden, she attended Faith Reformed Church.

  Joyce and Marinus ran the Lunch Bucket Restaurant for many years. She also worked for Jansen’s in Blaine and Walmart in Nampa. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to shop, was a woman of elegance and wit, and loved God and her family.

  She is survived by her children: Jeff Budde and his girlfriend Terry, and Melisa and Bart Shadbolt and their children Courtney and Caleb Ortiz, Levi and Allison. She has one sister, Rhonda, living in Missouri. Also surviving are stepchildren Nancy Hecock, Leroy and Debbie Lagerwey, and Steve and Patty Lagerwey, plus many step-grandchildren and -great-grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Larry and Janie; husband Marinus; and son Wes.

  Our many thanks go out to Hospice and the caregivers at the Christian Health Care Center for all the help and support given Joyce and the family.

  A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, in Faith Reformed Church, 300 Seventh St., Lynden.

  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hugs In A Bag, c/o Debbie Lagerwey and Linda Card, 8744 Northwood Rd., Lynden, WA 98264.

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