Clearwater Tribune, June 27, 2013
Joyce Lavon Harrington, 71, Lenore
Joyce Lavon Harrington passed away at her home at Lenore on June 24, 2013 due to complications from cancer.
Joyce was born to Nicholas J. Leopoldus and Sarah (Weitzel) Leopoldus on Feb. 27, 1942. From that moment on she lived her life with Strength, Grace and Dignity. Even with the ravaging toll this terrible disease brings she was able to maintain her Strength, Grace and Dignity.
In 1960 Joyce graduated from Lakewood High School in Lakewood, CO. After high school she attended Colorado State University in Ft. Collins for one year, transferred to Lamar Tech in Beaumont, TX for a year, and then came back to CSU to finish her education, earning her B.A. degree in Biology.
In 1965 Joyce Lavon Leopoldus and Robert M. (Mike) Harrington were married in Lakewood, CO. To this marriage three children were born, Cynthia Lynn, Angela May and Robert Eugene. It is because of her natural mothering abilities that they grew up to be superb adults.
Joyce and Mike gathered up the youngsters and moved to Lenore in 1978. Although she had always enjoyed outdoor activities, Joyce was able to whet her appetite for hunting and fishing, especially for steelhead. Joyce worked as a substitute teacher for Orofino Schools for 25 years and was still able to find time to fish at Lenore and hunt the surrounding area. She was well known for her fishing and hunting skill.
Joyce was a wonderful person to love and be loved by. She will surely be missed by many. Joyce was preceded in death by her father Nicholas J. Leopoldus and mother, Sarah (Weitzel) Leopoldus. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Mike Harrington; children: Cindy Merriman and Jim, Angie Montambo and Gene Harrington; one sister: Beverly Karges and Bob; two brothers: Nick Leopoldus and Enid and Dick Leopoldus; five grandchildren and five great grand children ; mother-in-law, Irene Harrington; sister-in-law, Leah Struck.
In Lieu of flowers in her Memory, memorial donations may be made to Orofino American Legion Baseball at Lewis Clark Credit Union in Orofino or by mail at American Legion Baseball P.O. Box 1417 Orofino, ID 83544.
The family would like to extend thanks to Dr. Shah, the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospice and Sister Margie.
Cremation has taken place and at her request no services will be held.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Transcribed by Michal Berreth-Beck, 2014
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