Joyce G. (Stannard) Park

August 3, 1925April 16, 2013

Joyce Stannard Park, of Williston, North Dakota and Annandale, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, of combined heart and renal failure. She is survived by her husband David, five children, (Robin Chapman of Springdale, AR, Sandra McEwen of Wheatland WY, Heather Vinter of Centreville, Michael Park of Clifton, and Christopher Park of Fairfax City) fifteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, sisters Gladys and Myrtie, and her brother James. She was preceded in death by her youngest son, Timothy and her brothers John, George, and Tom. Joyce was born August 3, 1925 in Rawson, North Dakota, and lived a long and rich life. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1949 with a degree in Journalism, she worked at various times for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela, and for the then newly-created U.S. Army Special Services Agency in Germany and later the United States. She met her husband David while serving as Director of Special Services at Fort Bliss, Texas. They married in August of 1962 and spent the next half century traveling, raising six children, and loving each other.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 26, 2013
  • Interment / Burial Service Monday, June 10, 2013

Joyce G. (Stannard) Park

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Amy Hunter Pisciotta

July 24, 2013

I have known Mrs. Park since I was 11 years old and I would consider myself a part of the Park family since I was 15 years old when I became best friends with their daughter Heather. I spent many days at their house and considered it my second home. Mr. and Mrs. Park always made me feel welcomed and I certainly enjoyed Mrs. Park's cooking. To this day I still cook my roast the way she taught me.

I have always had the utmost respect and admiration for Mrs. Park. She would tell me of the things she had done and so many of them before she got married. The relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Park was always one that I hope to have with my husband. I loved that they travelled to so many places and enjoyed immersing themselves in different cultures. She loved telling their stories. Joyce had such an infectious zest for life. Of course Mrs. Park was never afraid to voice her opinion. It may have been a little hard to swallow at times but I have always respected that she knew who she was and didn't back away from it. I always knew that she loved me and was always very supportive of me. There was never a lack of a smile when I would see her and her smile is one that I will always remember.

I truly believe that our lives are defined in moments and it is a moment that I was privileged to witness that I would like to share. When Heather and I were seniors in high school, Fair Oaks Mall held their first Fashion Panel contest. They advertised it as being models for their mall (only later to find out it was more about free labor than modeling). Heather and I thought it was a fantastic idea to be models. We both tried out. 150 people applied and all were interviewed and the number was cut down to 50. From the 50, they would choose 25 after we all participated in a big fashion show at the mall. It was exciting, scary, and a lot of fun. Many had family in the audience to include my mom and Mrs. Park. After the show, the top 25 were named by alphabetical order. I was called first. When it came to the P's, we waited and Heather's name was called out. I glanced over at Joyce and it was in that moment I saw so much joy and so much love of a mother to her daughter. It was a moment I wish I could have captured. If Mrs. Park could have told everyone in Fair Oaks that was her daughter she would have. It is something I want Heather to know: that her mom loved her more than anything. The greatest gift Mrs. Park gave to me was her beautiful daughter that I can call my best friend for 32 years.

Darlene Spargo

July 22, 2013

In late April, 2013 Darlene Spargo wrote: We were heartsick to hear about Joyce. I can't imagine this world without Joyce in it: she was so full of life and just plain fun. I loved Joyce the minute I met her in Sleepy Eye. What a privilege to have known her! She was unique and we will never forget our wonderful visit with you two. We have you and your family in our prayers and Joyce in our heart.
Darlene and Jim

Sue Busse

July 22, 2013

In late April, 2013 niece Sue wrote: Joyce was a gift to all of us! I have wonderful memories of time spent with her. I will never forget her deep laughter, love of children, ability to cook, and her passion for you, her family. She was beautiful, inside and out, and oh so smart. My life has been enriched by having her love me!
Love, Sue and Bob.

Brenda Irvine

July 21, 2013

In late April, 2013 Brenda Irvine wrote: We are saddened to hear about the passing of Mrs.Park. We will cherish our memories of our times spent with you both on your many visits to Florida ... and of course from when my mom and dad lived behind you in Annandale.

Our hearts go out to you and your family - we offer our sincere and deepest condolences.
Kindest Regards, Brenda Irvine and Ron Cameron

Lois Irvine

July 21, 2013

On April 22,2013 Lois Irvine wrote: Dear David, I've been thinking of you in this time of sorrow and can imagine how weary and stressed everyone is. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

I have many happy memories oy our Washington posting made all the more special by knowing the Park family. Always there for a Canadian neighbor to help in any way you could.

Joyce was always eager to assist by swapping great recipies and food tips; sewing suggestions; tour guide ect. The greatest gift of all was her friendship - given with love and a smile.
I hope the days ahead will lighten the load of heavy hearts.
God Bless- With hugs and sincere sympathy.

Jane Howard

July 21, 2013

On April 29, 2013 Jane Howard wrote: Dear David and Family, I saw the announcement of Joyce's passing in the paper and want to extend my sympathies to you and the family.

Joyce was one of the warmest and most caring about all of her family and friends that I have ever known. She will be missed but cherished always. If ever there was an angel, Joyce is one. Your family is blessed indeed. Many happy memories go with you.
Very Sincerely, Jane Howerd - a friend of many years.

Jean Ekern

July 21, 2013

On April 30, 2013 Jean Ekern wrote: Dear David and family, I have recently been missing the wonderful Christmas letters.

Joyce and I started 1st grade in Rawson together. In Minneapolis, we met for Chinese food downtown! Near to us. I was in nursing at Fairview Hospital - Joyce studying at the University of Minnesota. Then we each began our exciting life and it has been quite extraodinary. I am happy for having known Joyce.
Jean Sanders Ekern

Bill Staines

July 21, 2013

From a message from Bill Staines to Joyce's son Christopher:

Fortunately for me, I knew and loved your mother for some years. However, it was not nearly long enough to illuminate as so many others can do. Due in part to families moving around, and perhaps in part due to a general familial lack of closeness, my time was very short but sweet in knowing my Aunt Joyce. I do believe that we all tried to make up for lost time in our relationships to some extent, but it does fall short of what I wish we could have experienced.

Of one thing I am pretty certain…one of the finest and most impressive men I know fell quickly and completely in love with the woman you are looking for. Just that told me a lot about her before I ever met her many years later. They married and, fortunately for you, raised a family …and she looked a lot like Ava Gardner.

My remembrance will always be of someone who, as a person who felt she knew what was necessary for a situation to have a positive outcome, with a heart attuned to what is right and what is not right, approached and accomplished her goals with a positive attitude… someone who held high moral ground, and who knew how to use it.

Having that warm heart turned towards me always made me feel quite special, as I believe all who knew Joyce must have also felt. And that, my friend, may truly be my strongest memory of all.

Truth is, I now feel like I have a guardian angel watching over me. I admire and love your Mom for all that she was, and will always be to me.

Lea Fischbach

July 21, 2013

On April 26, 2013 Lea Fischbach wrote: Dear David and your wonderful children, How very saddened I was and am learning of Joyce's passing. Joyce was always so strong back in my, our, days on Gale Street. I somehow just expected her to last forever and serve as Gale Street's matriarch.

Now we know she is freed from infermities and free to visit us in many spacial memories. My trips to Gale Street have become infrequent, however thoughts of those days, even photos of those days are almost part of each and every day. Many a day back then included a cup of tea around your busy kitchen table. Those momemts somehow calmed nerves and made the rest of that day pass more smoothly.

Please know that you and all your wonderful family have been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue so.
With much love,

Holly Young

July 21, 2013

On April 26, 2013 niece Holly wrote: Dear Uncle David - I am sorry for your loss, and I pray that I can somehow be of comfort to you. Aunt Joyce was a special lady. She loved deeply and was passionate about her family including all of us from Tom's family. I am grateful for this, and will miss her. We all will - I know I speak for my mom and brothers and sisters when I say that. We are grateful for who she was to us.
Love, Holly and Family