Joyce Irene Wright
October 21, 1930 – November 11, 2018
Joyce Davis Wright passed away on November 11, 2018 in Eagle, ID after an extended illness following a fall at home. She was loved by her four children, Brad, Brent, Cathy, and Kristin as well as her seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was also beloved by her two daughters-in-law, Mary Anne Wright and Sherri Wright, and her son-in-law, Darin Weaver. She leaves behind a legacy of love and service that will carry on through the generations.
Joyce Irene Davis was born on October 21, 1930 to Joseph Hyrum Davis, Jr. and Viola Drushal. She was the youngest of three siblings, and the only girl. She grew up her entire childhood and adolescence in Salt Lake City, UT where she attended South High School and was class valedictorian and a cheerleader for the South High Cubs. She graduated at 16 and matriculated into the University of Utah in her hometown of Salt Lake. While trying to decide on what to study, her father, who taught auto mechanics at another high school, was approached at church by a member of the local stake leadership, who stated that if she changed her major to education, there was a scholarship available for her to pay for school. Her parents, living on her dad’s meager salary as a teacher, did not have the finances to pay for school, and approached Joyce about the opportunity. She quickly took it. Thus began a career and a love of elementary education. She would continue teaching 4th and 5th grade until retiring from Eastgate Elementary School in 1998. After graduating at the University of Utah, she went down to Provo, UT to teach and do post-graduate studies at BYU. While there, she met and fell in love with Garth Wright, who was studying art. He had recently returned home from a mission for the LDS church to Norway and had also completed two years of active service with the US Marine Corps. They married on August 19, 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple. They then spent three years in CA where Garth was doing post-graduate studies at the Art Institute of Pasadena, and where oldest son, Brad, was born. Leaving CA in 1958, they settled back in Salt Lake City, where Brent, Cathy, and Kristin were born. In 1966 the family permanently relocated to Bellevue, WA after Garth took a job in commercial advertising with Albertson’s Grocery. Joyce also resumed her teaching career in Bellevue shortly after the move and spent the next 28 years teaching in the Bellevue School District.
Joyce was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved serving the Lord. She was especially active in music. In college, she minored in music and had a life-long love affair with the piano as well as directing the choir and congregation at church. She also served as a stake missionary with Garth, and in the Relief Society and Primary organizations. After Garth’s death in 2001, she continued to serve as a temple worker at the Seattle Temple.
Joyce’s life can be best viewed by the great love she had for her family and her friends. Their devotion back to her is eternal. The gifts she passed on to her children, her students, and her friends will never be lost. She will be loved and honored by those she left behind and is being loved and comforted now by those who preceded her in death: Her mother, father, brothers, and husband. They are together again, never to be parted.
- Garth Holmes Wright, Husband
- Garth Bradford Wright, Son
- Mary Anne Wright, Daughter-in-law
- David Brent Wright, Son
- Sherri Wright, Daughter-in-law
- Catherine Lynne Wright, Daughter
- Kristin Lee Weaver, Daughter
- Darin Weaver, Son-in-law
- Joseph Hyrum Davis Jr., Father
- Viola Pearl Drushal, Mother
- Donald Davis, Brother
- Glen Davis, Brother
- Seven grandchildren and Six great grandchildren.
- Educational Charity of your choice.
- Graveside Service Friday, November 30, 2018
- Celebration of Life Saturday, December 1, 2018
- Memorial Service Saturday, December 1, 2018
Joyce Irene Wright
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December 3, 2018
Joyce or Joycee as we affectionately called her, allowed me to be her principal at Eastgate Elementary in the early 90’s. I quickly learned what a gift she was to me and the entire community. Parents clamored to be able I o have their child be taught by Mrs. Wright. She set the atmosphere for the whole school.
Know that your mom, and grandma is remembered in the hearts and minds of 100s of students who credit her with their success.
Yes her memory will live on as a joy, a character and a legend!
With love to you all,
December 3, 2018
I have such fond memories of Joyce. She was always so bubbly and smiling. Such a wonderful neighbor for so many years. I remember she always called me kiddo. Loved your mom and so sorry to hear she had passed. Hugs to your family and our deepest sympathy. Your mom will be missed. Love to you, Cheryl Linder
November 28, 2018
Dear family of Joyce Wright,
I, and my children, were so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was my children's favorite teacher at Eastgate Elementary. And...she was my favorite teacher of all time that my kids had through all of their schooling. My daughter is 35 years old, and my son is 33 years old. They were both so sad when I told them today about " Mrs. Wright".
It's always been a standing joke in our house, that my son, Steven, signs his name on a birthday card or a letter , EVEN TO FAMILY MEMBERS, with both his first and last name. Upon questioning this, Steve always answered " Mrs. Wright taught us that".
What I loved most about Joyce was her human kindness and fairness to ALL the kids. She didn't play favorites. I loved her energy and enthusiasm for teaching.
We invited Joyce and your dad to Steven's Bar Mitzvah, and she wrote me a note after saying how much she enjoyed being a part of it.
Your mom left her legacy on this earth, and may she rest in peace.