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Joyce Alice Powney Lions

Surrey, England
Death 16 Jun 2014 (aged 86)
Washington, USA
Burial Cremated, Other
Memorial ID 131656737 · View Source
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Joyce Alice Powney Lions, 86, passed away peacefully in her own antique brass bed on Monday, June 16, 2014. She was born on November 25, 1927 to Ada and William Powney in Richmond, Surrey, England. She spent her early years tending to her many dollies in the third floor attic at St. Mary's Grove, scrumping apples from the neighbor's tree, and going to Saturday matinees with her best friend, Pat. When war came to London, Joyce, her sister Rita and brother William were sent to northern England for safety. Their home in St. Mary's was demolished due to damage caused during the London Blitz of 1940-41. She was 13.

When Joyce was 16 and very thin due to wartime rationing, she was hired by Sudbury Kennels. It was her job to feed and exercise her group of racing greyhounds, who were also very thin due to wartime rationing. While taking the dogs to the racetrack in London, the lorry she was riding in was very nearly hit by a bomb.

On February 3, 1945, in Richmond, Joyce married Sergeant Raymond Fernaun Lions, 26, a handsome Yank from Sunnyside, Washington, USA. She rode to the church in a taxi, the running boards filled with guests to save on the fare. Ray and Joyce honeymooned in Brighton, a family vacation spot in previous years. The swimming pool now held coal. She was 17.

Joyce and Ray owned Lions Market in Wapato, and raised their eight children in their house next to it. Joyce loved her family, gardening, Lipton's tea, dogs, refinishing furniture and really good leather purses. She loved to jitterbug, play the nickel slots in Reno, Midsomer Murders, oil painting, crossword puzzles, and road trips anywhere. She was a born optimist and had the gift of making people laugh with her pithy observations and favorite jokes. Erma Bombeck was her guiding star. Joyce never returned to England nor did she lose all of her British accent. She became a US Citizen in 2004, receiving her certificate from the hand of her own son, Rob.

Joyce is survived by four children, nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, her sister of Redondo Beach, California, her brother of Kennewick and many nieces and nephews.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Raymond, in 1985, Roger, 5, and Jacqueline, 2, in 1956, Russell, 36, in 1995 and David, 58, in 2007.

Visitation will be from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Keith and Keith Funeral Home of Yakima. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Peter Claver Church in Wapato. Burial will follow at Reservation Community Memorial Park, Wapato.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Hospital. Our sincere thanks to Roy and Gayle Kelleigh, Dr. George Garfein and the staffs of Regional and Memorial Hospitals and Hospice.


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