Evelyn Joyce Graham, age 85, of Cambridge passed away August 25, 2007 at Grandview Christian Home. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, August 28th at Cambridge Lutheran Church with Pastor David Everett officiating. A time for visiting will be held 1 hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Special music will be provided by Cassie Soukup, NateMcAvoy and Mary Kay O’Neill. Kim, Karrie, Lawrence, Korine and Dusty Ferrier and others will share remembrances. Joyce’s son, Howard, will be the urnbearer along with the spirtof her son, Tim. Interment will be in Calvary Lutheran Cemetery at Rush Point.
Evelyn Joyce Graham, Joyce, as she was known by her family and friends, was born February 16, 1922 in Baldwin, North Dakota to Lawrence and Mabel Fisher. She came with her family to Minnesota in the 1940’s. Joyce married Gordon McAvoy in 1942, from this union three children were born, Howard, Maureen and Cheryl. In July of 1952 Joyce married Lyle Graham and they had two children together, Dorothy and Timothy. She also had two stepsons, Mike and Steve Graham. Joyce and Lyle lived at Stanchfield and also Rush Lake, Minnesota. In 1966 they moved to Isanti.
Joyce was a loving mother, grandmother and wife; she always put her children before her own needs. Joyce loved Rodeos, country music especially Charley Pride! She loved to dance, going with her family every Saturday night to Spectacle Lake Ballroom. She loved the Polka music there. Joyce was a great cook and she loved to sew for her family. She was calm and loving and was great to talk to. She enjoyed going to her grandchildren’s musicals, plays and piano recitals. She worked as a waitress, and also at the Cambridge State Hospital, in Real Estate and she also sold Avon. Joyce was also involved with Healthy Seniors and she volunteered at the hospital and at Grandview Christian Home. She will be missed by all.
Joyce was welcomed home to be with the Lord on August 25, 2007 at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 9 days. She passed away at Grandview Christian Home where she made her home for the last five years. She was preceded in death by her husband Lyle, son Timothy, brothers Paul and Thomas, sisters Olive and Louise, and parents Lawrence and Mabel.
Joyce will be lovingly remembered by her son, Howard (Evie) of Pine City; daughters, Maureen McAvoy of Braham, Cheryl Bahr of Grasston, and Dorothy Graham and fiancé Sonny Hanson of Isanti; sister, Blanche (Roger) Mongsene of Antioch, California; 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson, many loved nieces and nephews, and by other relatives and friends.