Joyce Irene Landon: Dec. 20, 1919-July 1, 2017


Joyce Irene Landon, 97, passed away July 1, 2017, in Burlington, Wash.

Joyce was born on a farm near Lynden, Wash., on Dec. 20, 1919. She moved with her parents, James and Elizabeth J. Meyer, and older sister Isabelle, to a homestead near Brooks, Alberta, Canada, in the 1920s, where the family raised sheep and wheat.

Two sisters attended grade school there, riding to school on horseback. The family, then including a third sister, Gladys, returned to the United States, settling on a 40-acre dairy farm near Mount Vernon, where two more sisters were added to the family.

Joyce attended school at Ridgeway Grade School, and later Mount Vernon High School, graduating in 1938. She attended business colleges in Mount Vernon and Everett. Joyce joined the Navy in 1942, serving her country as a chief yeoman in the Waves, stationed first in Seattle, followed by the Bronx, New York; Stillwater, Okla.; Norfolk, Va.; and Oakland, Calif.

She left the Navy with an honorable discharge in 1952, after which she furthered her education at Skagit Valley Junior College, Central Washington College in Ellensburg, and the University of Washington, earning a bachelor of arts in business administration.

In the late 1950’s, she, with her husband, established and operated Landon’s Landing Marina on Bainbridge Island for several years. She finished her working career with Boeing, working in several facilities in Seattle, Everett and Renton, retiring in 1986.

Joyce held many and varied jobs over the years and had many hobbies. She played golf, tennis and basketball and enjoyed photography and horseback riding. In her retired years, she did needlecrafts and oil painting, as well as caring for her many roses.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, James and Elizabeth J. (Van Dyk) Meyer, and her two sisters, Isabelle A. Williams and Gladys E. Cortex.

She is survived by her daughter Dyane A. Baker, her sisters Bernice J. “Birdy” Stevens and Darlene E. “Sunny” Meyer, her nieces Muriel Timboe, Carolyn Cortez, Wendy Swanson and Karen Stevens.

At Joyce’s request there will be no services. Arrangements are in the care of Kern Funeral Home.

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