Joyce Marlene Snavely

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Joyce Snavely

Joyce Marlene Snavely died peacefully on March 2, 2020.

Joyce Esparza was born on August 9, 1934 in Fresno, California.  She is survived by older brother Bud Esparza.  She is predeceased by her sister Donna East and husband Leslie Snavely.

She is survived by her 3 sons, Scott Edward and wife Lisa, Keith Loren and wife Nancy, Brian Glen and wife DoraLee.  She also leaves behind her nine grandchildren:  Teixeira, Christopher, Marlaina, Bryton, Andrew, Tyler, Jonathan, Danaya, and Sophia.  Also, her three great-grandchildren of Andrew and Teixeira Clark; Macie, Camden and Paxton.

Joyce grew up in Fresno and graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Fresno Junior College before marrying Leslie Snavely on June 1, 1956.

They lived in Fresno, Santa Barbara, Exeter and Sacramento California.  Les worked for GE and in 1971, the family relocated to the then remote location of Redmond, Washington.  Joyce worked for 20 years at CHUBB Insurance in downtown Seattle as a bookkeeper.

Beyond caring and spending time with her family Joyce loved all kinds of crafts, cooking and sewing.  She especially loved to share her sewing skills with her grandchildren.  She was involved with swimming, bowling and pickle ball at various times over the years.  Joyce was active with the food pantry and her church, Holy Family in Kirkland.  She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority for over 50 years.

A Celebration of Life will be at Heritage Hall, 203 Market Street, Kirkland, WA 98033, Saturday March 14, 2020 from 1-3 PM.  Please call 775-221-2053 if there are any questions.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate in Joyce’s  name to the Evergreen Hospice Foundation. (Click Link to Open in New Tab)


3 Responses to “Joyce Marlene Snavely”

  • Deena Wetmore says:

    Such a warm and caring person. I will miss her.
    My heart goes out to her family.

  • Scott Snavely says:

    Joyce Snavely memorial is proceeding as planned. Saturday, 1-3 PM Heritage Hall 230 Market Street, Kirkland, WA 98033. There are specific action required by King County and City of Kirkland that are being followed by the organizers and the caterer for the EMERGENCY STRATEGIES TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. Specifically, we are encouraging older and vulnerable individuals not to attend. The protocol requires these actions:

    Event organizers must ensure that:
    Older and vulnerable individuals have been encouraged not to attend
    Recommendations for social distancing and limiting close contact are met
    Employees or volunteers leading an event are screened for symptoms each day
    Proper hand washing, sanitation, and cleaning is readily available
    Environmental cleaning guidelines are followed (e.g., clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily or more frequently)

    For this event we will be strictly following these actions. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  • Susan Murphy says:

    Dear Keith and Snavely family,
    I was deeply saddened to hear of your mother’s passing.
    Joyce was a wonderful and kind person with a smile and kind word for everyone she met.
    I have many fond memories of Joyce, Leslie and the Snavely family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Susan Miles Murphy

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