Joyce Margaret Fabre Williams James of Vernonia passed away in her sleep Monday, July 28, 2014. She is survived by one son Robert Dewey Williams Jr., his wife Sheryl, one grandson Robert Ray Williams and his wife Jenny, one great-granddaughter Sky Elizabeth Williams and one great-grandson Lucas Stone Williams all of Vernonia, two sisters, Kitty Zagaryuka of Oklahoma City, OK and Imie McGinnis of Mobile, AL. She was proceeded in death by her son Bruce Marvin Williams in October of last year.
Joyce was born in Mobile, AL September 30, 1929 the 9th daughter of Frank Sylvester Fabre and Pearl Margaret (Carrio) Fabre. She was married in Mobile to Robert Dewey Williams Sr, on September 4, 1949 and they had two sons Dewey and Bruce.
Bob passed away in 1987 and Joyce remarried in St. Elmo, AL to Hubert James, Sr. on October 13, 1990. They made their home in Star, MS and when Hubert passed away in 1995 she returned to Alabama and the home she had helped build with Bob.
After having lived 76 years in the deep south she moved along with her son Bruce to Vernonia in 2005. Joyce really enjoyed the changing of the seasons here.
Joyce became an LPN in 1960 and worked most of her nursing career as a private duty nurse. She not only nursed for a living but continued to help wherever there was a need both with family and friends up until her death.
Joyce was an avid student of the bible; knew the bible well and loved to share God’s love with everyone she met. Joyce was a long time member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and over the years she had served as teacher (children and adult), pathfinder leader, community services, head deaconess and at the time of her death was serving as an Elder in the Vernonia Seventh Day Adventist Church. She was a passionate Christian who loved God and loved to give Bible studies and visit and help the sick.
She was an accomplished seamstress and a fabulous cook. She loved gardening, not only vegetables but flowers as well and she loved feeding the birds.
Joyce was always involved in whatever community she lived in and when she moved to Vernonia she soon began volunteering at Vernonia Cares Food Bank and was so happy to have the time to do so. She was serving on their Board of Directors at the time of her passing.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM in the Commons area of Vernonia School.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Seventh Day Adventist Building Fund. Send to: SDA Church Building Fund, PO Box 68, Vernonia, OR 97064.