Joyce Irene Decker, a lifelong resident of Wasco, Ore., died Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the age of 86.
She was born in Scott City, Kan., on Jan. 6, 1931, to Glenn and Ida Wallace. She was second oldest of eight children. When she was 4 the family moved to Sherman County, settling in Wasco, Ore. She attended Wasco Grade and High School.
In 1949, she married Charles Decker. Together they had four children, Phyllis, Alvin, Donald and Tim. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary in September.
Joyce worked as a secretary for the Wasco Co-op and then cook at the Wasco Grade School for 25 years.
Joyce and Charlie were devoted to volunteer work. They helped wherever there was a need. Joyce’s home, family and friends meant the most to her. She was selfless and generous beyond words.
She is survived by husband, Charlie; children, Phyllis Coats Newman, Alvin, Don and Tim Decker; grandchildren, John Coats, Megan McAllister, Nick Decker, Lindsey Poggemeyer, Kelsey Decker, David Decker and Zack Decker; seven great-grandchildren, Alec and Matthew Coats, Jack, William and Rosie McAllister, Flint and Rhett Poggemeyer.
She is also survived by her brothers, Chuck, Jack, David and Jim Wallace; sisters Glenna Allmer and Erma Bryan.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Wasco, with Pastor Bob Reasoner officiating. A gathering will be held at the Wasco Annex following the service.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wasco United Methodist Church.
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