Joyce A. Raver
July 12, 1945 – December 26, 2015
Resident of Kirkland, Washington
Native of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
Joyce, 70, passed away peacefully from complications of Multiple Sclerosis on the morning of Saturday, December 26, 2015.
Joyce spent most of her life in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. She was a graduate of Governor Livingston Regional High School, and throughout her life she stayed connected with her many high school friends. She was instrumental in planning her high school class reunions, and until the end of her life she maintained a newsletter for her classmates.
When Joyce was 19, she married Donald Raver and they were married for 44 years until his death in 2009. They raised two daughters and enjoyed their two grandchildren. Joyce worked for over 30 years at what would finally become Alcatel-Lucent (previously Bell Laboratories/AT&T). Her most recent position was as an Accountant for Alcatel-Lucent’s fixed asset department.
In 2011, Joyce moved to Merrill Gardens in Kirkland, WA where she enjoyed an active and happy life. She loved to take field trips with her new friends to local attractions such as plays, museums, gardens, restaurants, boat tours, etc. She was very involved with her new church and a book club she started. She also loved playing cards with her friends.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Donald Raver of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; her parents, Harold Griffin and Angela (Miano) Griffin; and her sister Janet Griffin. Joyce is survived by her sister Joan Griffin of North Carolina; her daughter and son-in-law Vernita and Drew Lytle of Washington; her daughter and son-in-law Nicole and Terrence Adam of New Jersey; grandchildren Matthew Lytle and Charlotte Adam; and nephew Carlos Griffin.
A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 11am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 7045 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 1pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church, 105 Summer Rd, Three Bridges, New Jersey. A repass will be held directly following both masses.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Donate
Assisting with arrangements are http://bartonfuneral.com and http://www.branchburgfuneralhome.com