La Grande, Oregon
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Joy Gail Beardsley, 64, of La Grande and formerly of Summerville, died Nov. 12 at her home. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel. Private burial will be at the Summerville Cemetery. Viewing will be held at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., today from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Joy was born April 15, 1943, to Loren and Edna (Gekeler) Turner in La Grande. She attended Union schools and graduated in May 1961. She was active in volleyball, band and was a drum majorette. She attended Eastern Oregon University and majored in business education.
She was employed by the Union County Clerk’s office for several years.
Joy met and married Skip Beardsley and built a beautiful home in Summerville where they raised their three children. She was supportive of all her kids’ activities. She was active in her sorority, Delta Epsilon, and was a 4-H leader for quite a few years. She loved country music and dancing, camping with her grandchildren and spending time with her best friends – “the lunch bunch.”
She loved sports of all kinds, especially rodeo; entertaining and the holidays; and travel. Those who knew her say she was always game for anything. She moved to La Grande in 2001.
Survivors include her sons, Kevin Beardsley of Gypsum, Colo., and Troy and Denise Beardsley of Gypsum; daughter, Robyn Beardsley and boyfriend, Dan Dix, of La Grande; brother, Darrell Turner of Redmond; sister, Marlene Turner of Union; two grandchildren; three step-granddaughters; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial contributions may be made to any charity.
La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending November 17, 2007 – Published: November 17, 2007