Joyce Mary (Busch) Frei, 89, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in her home in Vancouver, Wash., with family at her side. She was born Dec. 15, 1928, the third daughter of Frank and Teresa Busch, of Johnson. Joyce graduated from Colton High School and went on to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the University of Portland in 1950. Five years later, on Feb. 26, 1955, she married her high school sweetheart, James "Jim" Wilfred Frei, while he was stationed at Fort Ord, Calif.
Joyce and Jim returned to Johnson to take over the operation of the family farm. Joyce was always the foundation of the family. While raising their five children, she helped Jim run the farm as well as start a successful fertilizer business in Farmington, Wash. When they sold the fertilizer business, Joyce and Jim moved to Moscow, where all five of their children graduated from Moscow High School. Throughout all the moves and changes, the central tenets of Joyce's life were always her family and faith. It was where she invested her abundant love and support.
After Jim passed away in 1987, Joyce moved to Shelton, Wash., where she built a home of her own on the shores of Hammersley Inlet. There she spent the next two decades practicing her faith and giving back. Joyce was always so grateful for all she had in her life and it was important for her to show her gratitude by giving to others. She was there for people in many ways including volunteerism, one-on-one support and generously donating to organizations that help those less fortunate.
Joyce's final years were in Vancouver, where she spent her time downsizing, continuing to pursue her love of bridge and reacquainting herself with the Portland and Vancouver area.
Surviving Joyce are her five children, Dave Frei (wife Jennifer, son Sam), Bruce Frei (wife Julie, son Eric, daughter Katie), Don Frei (wife Shelley, daughter Melissa), Tom Frei (wife Brenda, sons Justin and Joshua, daughter Nichole), and Joan (Frei) Leutheuser (husband Todd); three sisters, Alma Druffel, Lola O'Toole and Elsie Vezzani; stepbrother Wayne Busch; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services are planned for Oct. 27 in Colton.