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Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa

OBITUARY ~ JOYCE DANIELSON DUFRESNE

Joyce Ferne DANIELSON was born March 30, 1935, in Mount Ayr, Iowa, the daughter of Lloyd and Ruby KNIGHT DANIELSON. Early childhood days were spent in Mount Ayr, where she became a member of the First Baptist Church, along with her older sisters. At the age of 15, after spending five years in the Redding vicinity, she moved with her family to Shelton, Washington.

She was preceded in death by her father, "Pete" in 1961 and more recently by her son, Jeffery, who died in a truck accident on November 4, 1989.

She is survived by her husband, Gary; daughter, Dynthia ARNALL; granddaughter, D'Ambra; three grandsons, Daniel, Joshua and Justin, and daughter-in-law, Patty. Also, her mother, Ruby DANIELSON of Randle, Washington; one brother, Lloyd Jr. of Shelton [WA]; six sisters, which include Iva BOURNE, of Shelton, Washington, Jean ZEILER of St. Ignatius, Montana, Faith BECKMAN of Auburn, Washington, Mary Ann BARNES of Randle, Washington, Virginia MERCER of Olympia, Washington and Margaret WILSON of Mount Ayr, Iowa, plus a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Joyce enjoyed a lifelong career at the U.S. Naval Center in Bremerton, Washington, which began in 1955 and ended in June, 1990, when her illness forced her retirement. As a high ranking chief of purchasing in Medical and Hospital Supplies for the Navy, Joyce commanded the respect and admiration of her co-workers, junior and senior officers alike, for not only the expertise and knowledge exhibited in her job performance, but also the strength of character and personal integrity which were so keenly apparent in her daily life to all who came in contact with her. Flowers, cards, calls and daily visits abundant throughout her illness attested daily to the high esteem in which she was held and remained a great comfort to her.

Her wisdom, her sense of humor and optimism; her love of home, family and friends; and her deep abiding faith in God never deserted her even in difficult times.

Memorial services will be held in Bremerton, Washington on Saturday, August 11, 1990, and a memorial in her name has been established for the oncology unit in Harrison Memorial Hospital, Bremerton, Washington.

A book has been given to the Mount Ayr Public Library in her memory by the Ringgold County Recovery Unit in Mount Ayr, where her sister, Margaret WILSON, is a staff nurse part-time. The book is co-authored by l. Ann MUELLER, M.D., the Medical Director of RCRC, in conjunction with Katherine KETCHAN, M.D., entitled "Eating Right to Live Sober."

The Bridge of Memories --
There is a bridge of memories
From earth to heaven above
It keeps our dear ones near us --
It takes us back to brighter years,
To happier, sunlit days
And to precious golden moments
That will be with us always.

Submission by Ann Wyer, April of 2012

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
srbecker@windstream.net.
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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