Joyce Merle Silver

May 28, 1930 - January 28, 2021

Obituary

                                                May 28 1930 – January 28, 2021

Joyce Merle Fraser was the only child born to beloved parents, Charles and Laura, on May 28, 1930. She was raised & educated in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Happy times and life long childhood memories were formed on the Fraser farm and in her small town community. She also liked having doting Fraser-Robertson clan aunts and uncles who lived close to Brandon. After high school, she enrolled in, but did not complete a Nurses’ Training school program.

Joyce married Cecil Silver on December 23, 1949. They lived in Canada, started their family, and then moved to Seattle in 1953. Cecil was hired as a lineman for Seattle City Light…much less harsh conditions in Seattle than climbing electrical poles on the Manitoba prairie. Joyce was a busy stay-at-home-mother and homemaker for many, many years. When her children were older, she worked part time in retail sales at small clothing shops and medical records at Virginia Mason. She had many friends and loved a fun party and good company. She and her neighborhood girlfriends formed a 50+ year bond and enjoyed great times playing Canasta monthly (or so they claimed), taking turns hosting ‘young moms’ getaway nights’ in their many modest homes along 50th SW in West Seattle. Joyce was known for her genuine smile, loud laugh, and quick wit humor. 

Cec and Joyce moved permanently to their vacation cabin at the base of Mt. Baker in the late 70s. They became well-known ‘characters’ in the Glacier, WA area. Their home and yard were the central locations for impromptu musical gatherings and yummy potlucks. After Cecil’s passing in 2017, Joyce moved back to the Seattle area. She was excited to meet new friends and down size to independent living in her comfortable apartment. She also had fun visiting a few casinos for ‘Jackpot Party’ slots play and enjoyed terrific Tuesday BINGO games twice a month with new friends in their apartment facility Activity Room. 

Only recently, after months of health decline and struggle, Joyce moved to an Adult Family Home for help and wonderful care. Joyce passed away of natural causes on January 28, 2021. Sadly, despite not  having COVID, she was quarantined in the hospital for a stay that included her 90th birthday date. Her birthday # 91 will be a fantastic celebration in Heaven! Joyce Silver knew she had a very good life and was sure she was loved. Joyce is at rest and now at peace.

She is survived by her children Dianne Schooler (Eric), Joanne Garvey (Kelly), Carol Hogan, John Silver (Laura), Laura Williamson (Mike), eight grand-children, and seventeen great-grand children.

Joyce is preceded in death by daughter BettyAnne, parents Charlie & Laura, husband Cec, and several dear, dear friends and extended family.

Thanks and gratitude for patient and kind caregivers and a compassionate Hospice team.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity and wear a smile in honor of Joyce.

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Heather Diepenbrock
Heather Diepenbrock
1 month ago

Grandma, Even Though You’re Smiling Down On Us In Heaven, Just Know Your Memory Will Always Live On & So Will The Love In Our Hearts For You! Thank You For Being The Best Grandma & Great Grandma We Could Of Ever Asked For!
We Hope They Have Endless Games Of Bingo Up There In Heaven For You! 😉 Say “Hi” To Grandpa For Us & We Love You Both!!!!
Love Always,
Heather, Tony, Amelia & Lucy 🙂

Last edited 1 month ago by Heather Diepenbrock
Joanne (Silver) Garvey
Joanne (Silver) Garvey
1 month ago

Beautiful tribute to your Grandmother Heather… She loved and cared for you and your family so much. You made her very happy. Love you all…

Dianne (Silver) Schooler
Dianne (Silver) Schooler
1 month ago

There’s a void when you lose a parent. Even though we knew in the last few months that the time was coming, that Mom would pass away, there’s an emptiness that’s challenging to deal with now. Our happy spirted Joyce will be missed. Grief and tears and smiles will come in waves for such a long while. I look for ‘God winks’ …reminders that my Mom is ‘with me’. Memories are wonderful and comforting. Despite my loss, I am blessed.

Joanne (Silver) Garvey
Joanne (Silver) Garvey
1 month ago

To my partner in crime.. Dianne… We shared Mom, we cared for Mom, we made her smile most of the time.. We were blessed!!

Cliffe
Cliffe
1 month ago

RIP Joyce, lots of great memories over the years. Our visits to Seattle and later to the cabin were always epic. Condolences to the family, to many to name. See you on the flip side. Love Cliffe

Joanne (Silver) Garvey
Joanne (Silver) Garvey
1 month ago
Reply to  Cliffe

Thanks Cliffe for your thoughtful words. Mom enjoyed your visits so much. All our love to your family…

William Njama
William Njama
1 month ago

To the family of Joanne and Dianne,
Loosing a Mum is one of the most devastating thing one can go through in life.For the short time we knew Joyce we found her to be pleasant and wonderfull lady. We shall miss her greatly.
Please accept my most sincere condolences on my own behalf, and of that of the entire family of New Day. We pray that God give you strength and comfort to endure the loss. We are with you in prayer at this most difficult time. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

Joanne (Silver) Garvey
Joanne (Silver) Garvey
1 month ago
Reply to  William Njama

Thank you Bill and Annie.. We were so blessed to have you guys in our Mom’s life and ours… Bless you both…xo

Craig Fraser
Craig Fraser
1 month ago

My heart felt condolences to Joyce’s family. I will always remember that wonderful smile of hers and her terrific hospitality. I have many fond memories of Joyce and all the cousins in Seattle. She lived a wonderful long life and was extremely proud of her family. She will be missed by all. May God bless you Joyce.

Craig Fraser

Joanne (Silver) Garvey
Joanne (Silver) Garvey
1 month ago
Reply to  Craig Fraser

Thanks Craig….. She loved you and Cliff so much… Always made her happy when you visited…

Linda Silver Vancouver Island
Linda Silver Vancouver Island
1 month ago

To Joanne, Dianne, and those cousins and families not yet met, I am sorry to hear of your moms passing during these especially trying times. In days ahead, may you all let your fond memories seep into the immense empty space she undoubtfully left behind, to help heal and bring peace to your hearts..

Joanne (Silver) Garvey
Joanne (Silver) Garvey
1 month ago

Thanks so much Linda…. So many wonderful memories of years long ago. Thank you for your thoughtful words

Joanne (Silver) Garvey
Joanne (Silver) Garvey
1 month ago

Mom… It’s been 4years of missing Dad, of making you comfortable in Seattle and now finding my days missing you but remembering all the Bingo moments, Alki drives, Shag life, hair appointments, Dr. appointments, drives through Taco Bell, Subway and even picnics on the patio. Even our few trips to the Casino that made your day!! I find it odd when I think I need to call you, to check in with you and realize you are gone.. But you are being embraced by all the love ones who have gone before. I feel grateful and blessed that we shared tears and loving words in your final days. I know you are at peace now. I am comforted that you were ready to leave us. You will always remain in our hearts until we meet again….I love you Mom.. Thanks for 69 years of being my MOM….

debbie klaus
debbie klaus
24 days ago

Debbie Klaus