Atha L. Joy
With profound sadness, we are announcing the passing of Atha L. Joy of University Place, Washington. Her family and friends will miss her very much. Atha was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma to Armel William and Jewell Vivian Martin, on November 5th, 1945, six years to the day after the birth of her future husband, Jim. She grew up in Ponca City and Okmulgee with her sisters Carole and Debbie, brother Pat and many cousins and friends. She trained in dance starting at an early age, performing and teaching in her sister Carole’s studio. Upon graduation from Okmulgee High school, Atha attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha where she met Jim Joy who was stationed at nearby Ft Sill. They were married in 1965 and immediately left for Germany, beginning a 26 year odyssey as a vagabond Army Wife and mother. She made the best of where ever they were sent, whether in a farmhouse in Germany, a camping trailer in New Jersey, a small house in the Texas hill country (with snakes in the yard), or here in Washington, left alone with her children and a husband in Vietnam. Through it all, she was the one who smiled, unpacked the boxes and re-hung the curtains, then laughed and looked pretty at the battalion party. Atha contributed countless hours to the Army Community, serving with the Red Cross in surgical clinics, volunteering with youth groups and schools and even choreographing and dancing in a community show. For these and other efforts, she was honored by the Commanding General at Ft Knox, Kentucky. But her favorite memento was a small plaque she received to recognize her part in interrupting a quarrel between a senior US Military official and the senior representative of a foreign government. “You stopped ’em, Atha” it said. In 1991, Atha and Jim moved to University Place, where Atha finally got a home of her own to decorate as she pleased. She lived there with her family until her untimely death on November 29, 2008 at the age of 63. She is survived by Jim, her husband for 43 years, daughters Jennifer, Melissa and Sarah, son Michael, grandchildren Chris, Dominic, Kari, Chelsea and Angel, her sisters Carole and Debbie, and her faithful cat, Kitty. Her husband, family and many friends will miss her touch, her warm smile and her kindness to everyone.
Roberta Ann Nichols
Roberta Ann Nichols, born September 19, 1941, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital, surrounded by her family, December 13, 2008. She joined the Navy in 1959 and served honorably until discharged in 1966. She then worked for the phone company where she retired after thirty years of service. Roberta is survived by her son Kelly S. (Christine) Nichols, six grandchildren, (Sean, Sarah, Staci, Scott, Seth, and Shelby), two brothers, Bob Hull of Riverside, CA, Roger Hull of Portland, Oregon. Services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Garden Chapel.
Forrest Ward Grubb
He was born June 5th, 1925, in Oakland, CA and passed away peacefully on December 9th, 2008. We love you papa and we will miss you very much. Services will be held at Mountain view Cemetery on December 19th, 2008 from 2p.m. – 5p.m. Please refer to www.mountainviewtacoma.com for more info.
Daniel Joseph Rupe
Danny was born in Tacoma, WA on 1-14-85, and passed away on December 10, 2008. He passed away in his sleep as a result of a leakage in his aorta blood vessel. Dan attended Mont Downing Elementary and Truman Middle School. He graduated from Wilson High School in 2003 and from Western Washington University in March 2008 earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise and Sports Science Degree. Danny worked for Point Defiance Village during high school and Big 5 Sports during college. After graduating from WWU, Dan went to work for Bellevue Health Care as a medical equipment representative. He really enjoyed his work, and loved interacting with patients and co-workers. Danny earned 3 varsity letters playing baseball at WHS and was a team captain during his senior year. He enjoyed fishing, and going to the gym for his daily workouts. But most of all, Dan loved spending time with his family and close friends. River fishing for salmon was a hobby of Danny’s that he always looked forward to. Watching a baseball game and enjoying a refreshment with his family, was his favorite. Danny made a friend with every person he came in contact with. If you knew this young man, it was a blessing, if you did not know him, you missed out. Daniel is survived by his parents Joan and Brian Rupe, and his older brother Douglas Rupe. Additionally, he is survived by many cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Danny was taken from our family far too soon, and we miss him deeply. Dan’s memorial is on Saturday, 12-20-08 at Mountain View Memorial Park located at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Tacoma, at the Aspen Chapel at 11:00 am. Danny was our son; Doug’s little brother, and your friend. Good bye to you Danny for now, we love you. Dougie, momma, and dad.
Jerry George Heltsley
Jerry Heltsley, age 71, passed away on December 15, 2008 after a brief battle with cancer. Jerry was a lifelong resident of Tacoma and is survived by his twin brother, Jack Heltsley, and a sister, Marilyn Roland. The family wishes to thank the Franciscan Hospice House for their loving care of Jerry in his time of need. At Jerry‚Äôs request, there will be no services.
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