Sylvia Joyce Peterson

August 19, 1925October 29, 2013

Joy Randall Peterson August 19, 1925 – October 29, 2013 Believer Mother Conservationist

Joy Peterson, age 88 of Greenacres, Washington went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 29, 2013. She was born in Farmington, Washington to Charles and Novella Randall. She attended Veradale Elementary, Central Valley High School, University of Washington, graduated Eastern Washington University in 1949. Joy came to know the Lord as a little girl at Veradale Community Church, and served Him all her life. She fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith! Along with her husband, Walter L. Peterson adopted five children and raised them on their farm in Greenacres. Throughout her life she enjoyed skiing, hiking, biking, and gardening. She had a special heart for children with disabilities and worked many years as a respite caregiver. She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Novella Randall and Katharine Parker-Randall; her husband Walter L. Peterson; her sisters Lucy Shaw, Arlie Jean Payne, Ruth Zornes. Joy is survived by her children Kirsten Roy (Steve), Susan Walters (Dan), Debra Custer (Mike), Janna Kach (John), and James Peterson; and grandchildren Donalee, Reanna, Marie, Jennie, Nathan, Rachel, Natalie, Kelsey, Amy, Trevor, Janie; and nine great grandchildren; brother Chuck Randall (Doris).

A celebration of Joy’s life will be held at Veradale United Church of Christ, 611 Progress Road, Veradale, Washington 99037 on Saturday November 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Dinner reception to follow at church. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be sent to Union Gospel Mission P.O. Box 4066, Spokane, WA 99202 Mountains to Sound Greenway 911 Western Ave Suite 203, Seattle, WA 98104


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Lance Peterson

November 15, 2013

I wasn't around Aunt Joy much growing up in California, but I have very fond memories of the times I was. I remember her visiting us when I was a teenager and had only been driving for a short time. We went to visit a place near us, and I was driving Joy's large car because I knew the how to get there. On the way, a woman in a much smaller car, in the lane to my right, suddenly turned left in front of me. We hit her very hard and spun her car around, but thank God she wasn't injured. Joy was very calm, assured me that it wasn't my fault and then immediately went to check on the other woman and spent time with her making sure she was OK. Joy finally came back to the car and got in the passenger side and without hesitation or recrimination. I was very shaken, but will always remember how she treated me and the other driver with respect and gentleness. Her faith was always evident in the way she acted. She will be missed. Joy's brother-in-law Laurence's son, Lance

November 7, 2013

As your name suggests you brought "JOY" to all who knew you. We will always have fond memories of our times together in the Camera Club.
With Love,
Richard and Judy Batchelder