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Joyce Elaine Lingle

March 8, 1936 June 19, 2019
Joyce Elaine Lingle
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Obituary for Joyce Elaine Lingle

Joyce Lingle passed away in McMinnville, Oregon on June 19, 2019 with her children surrounding her with love and support.
Joyce Elaine Rasmussen was born March 8, 1936 at her parent’s home in Lexington, Washington. Her parents were Walter and Clara (Brenner) Rasmussen. Joyce graduated from Kelso High School in 1954. She attended Lower Columbia College in Longview. In 1955 she married Merlyn J Lingle (preceded her in death), who was her high school sweetheart. As a child Joyce enjoyed living on the family farm and participating in 4-H and Grange activities. In high school she participated in theatre as a crew member, but eventually got a lead role in Our Town, where she played opposite Merle who was the leading man. The rest is history!
Joyce had four children: Roxie Ann Lingle (preceded her in death); Peggy Lynn Dunning, Arizona; Lori Lingle Elling (Cliff Elling), Beaverton; and Michael Scott Lingle (Teresa Lingle), McMinnville. She had nine grandchildren: Julie Griffin, Troy Horn, Ray Garcia, Michael Lingle, Angela Stutzman, Brian Lingle, Elsie Elling, Eben Elling, and Connor Dunning. She had seven great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren. She loved her family dearly and deeply. She was also a devoted and faithful friend to many. They will all miss her greatly.
When Joyce lived in Longview, she was a member of the Longview Junior Women’s Club in 1958–59. She was a member of the Jaycees in Beaverton and the Beta Sigma Phi in McMinnville. She was once crowned the Beta Sigma Phi Sweetheart. She was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church for over 40 years, volunteering for the altar guild and choir. In 1974 she began working at McMinnville Community Hospital as a ward clerk before becoming a pharmacy tech. She worked there for over 30 years and was awarded Employee of the Year in 1991. Joyce loved hiking, walking, gardening and flowers. In 1988 she climbed to the top of Mt. St. Helen’s with her family including her 77-year-old mother. She had no fear of heights and in 1998 went up in an ultralight aircraft with her cousin. She also rode in a hot air balloon in 2004 with her husband, son, and her grandchildren. After Joyce was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, she volunteered for Parkinson’s research at OHSU multiple times.
Memorial contributions may be made to OHSU Parkinson Center of Oregon and St. John Lutheran Church in McMinnville.


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