Joyce M. Terrell: March 12, 1928-Sept. 26, 2017


Joyce Merrick Terrell passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 in the presence of her loving son and nieces at her home in Coupeville. Joyce was born on March 12, 1928 to Lester and Elizabeth Merrick in Bronxville, N.Y.

She spent her childhood in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and attended the Abbott School in Andover, Mass. She graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology from Wheaton College in 1950.

Joyce was a master gardener and a member of the Oak Harbor Garden Club for over 30 years. She was also a member of the Whidbey Island Beach Walkers. Joyce was an accomplished fine artist, photographer and an avid animal lover.

Survivors include her son Nicholas Allen, and nieces Sarah, Mary and Clare Roncarelli and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband Fred Terrell, sister Libby (Roncarelli) Merrick, son Chris Allen and grandson Sean Allen.

A private burial will be held in November at Sunnyside Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to the Neptune Society, Seattle, Wash., and Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, Wash. Please visit Joyce’s page in the Book of Memories online at to share memories and leave condolences.