February 9, 1930 — February 25, 2018
Joyce Lorraine Wait passed peacefully in her sleep into her new life with our Lord and Savior, Jesus on February 25, 2018.
She was born on February 9, 1930, to Lester Earl and Ina Eunice Billings in Lebanon. Joyce grew up and attended Lebanon public schools. She graduated from Lebanon High School as salutatorian of her class in 1948.
She attended nursing school in Portland, but was short of getting her degree after she met and married Kenneth E. Rieke on July 23, 1950 in Lebanon.
Joyce is survived by all four of her and Ken's children, Deborah Rogers of Dallas, Oregon, Rebecca Kane and Leah Botts of Springfield and Daniel Rieke of Battle Ground, Washington. She has 11 grandchildren, Oren, Seth and Silas Rogers, Darla Terleski, Derek Kane, Virginia Proffitt, Mary Botts, Chandra Korthof, Laurie Stokes, Daniel Rieke and Donna Rieke; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Joyce and Ken moved their family from Lebanon to Roseburg in 1959 where Ken later opened his own television repair and sales business. Joyce worked part-time in the business and kept the books.
In 1975, Joyce got her nursing degree from Umpqua Community College and worked as a nurse at Grandview Nursing Facility in Roseburg for many years.
Joyce married Lyle G. Wait on December 3, 1977.
Lyle preceded her in death on August 3, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her brother, David Billings in 1991.
She has one surviving brother, Roger Billings of Portland. She is also survived by her first husband, Kenneth Rieke.
Joyce was a member of the Wellspring Bible Fellowship and attended regularly until she was unable to drive due to vision problems.
She was always thoughtful of others, never forgetting to acknowledge birthdays and anniversaries. When friends or family had a need she was there to lend a helping hand.
Her many enjoyable hobbies included sewing, tole painting and, especially, crocheting. She crocheted table clothes for each of her grandchildren as wedding gifts and made small gifts for friends and family throughout the years. She made crocheted snowflakes for each of the residents at Garden Valley Retirement where she lived for the past five years.
Joyce did some traveling in her time. She had been to Alaska, The Philippines, Israel, and Egypt. She and her husband, Lyle spent many years wintering on Lake Havasu in Arizona.
There will be a private family memorial for Joyce on May 5 in the Monmouth area.