Our wonderful mother, Joy Ingersoll, graduated from this world into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Although our hearts ache, we are celebrating her release from the health complications she endured without complaint after surviving ovarian cancer in 1966, and she is again whole, complete, and reunited with her husband, Burt.
Joy was born June 12, 1925, in Pembina, N.D., to William and Alice Stinson. Her father abandoned the family when she was four, and she and her mother moved to California to find work, ending up in San Francisco, Calif. After graduating from Lowell High School and completing two years at San Francisco City College, Joy met and married sailor Burt Ingersoll on March 8, 1947.
Burt's career with JC Penneys began in The Dalles, and took them also to Grants Pass, Portland and Eugene, Ore. Joy worked as an assistant to the high school principal in The Dalles and Portland, and discovered a true love for teenagers that led to lifelong friendships with several of her children's high school friends.
Burt and Joy adopted their children, Nadine and Ron, during their time in Eugene. In 1962, they were transferred to West Linn where the family spent 12 years. In 1968, Joy was the first administrator and a discussion leader for Bible Study Fellowship in Lake Grove, Ore. Burt and Joy also served on the local board of Young Life, and were adult hosts at several Young Life camps.
The Penney Company transferred the family two more times, to Phoenix, Ariz., and Glendale, Calif., before Burt's retirement to Medford, Ore., in 1983. In both Phoenix and Glendale, Joy was involved with Bible Study Fellowship and local Young Life groups.
During retirement, Burt and Joy were very involved with Trail Christian Fellowship in Eagle Point, Ore., where they developed many new friendships. Their retirement was filled with trips across the U.S., and also to Europe and Israel. After Burt's death in 1995, Joy continued to enjoy traveling, and spent several months each winter in Maui, where she cultivated another group of close friends at Hope Chapel in Kihei.
Joy's greatest desire in life was for her friends and family to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and we are certain she received her "well done, good and faithful servant" commendation from the Lord upon her heavenly arrival January 24, 2012.
Joy is survived by her daughter, Nadine (Joe); and their children, Kyle and Kaisa; in addition to her son, Ron; and his children, Michelle, Rick and Tina Ingersoll; and great-grandchildren, Codee, Tanner and Will. Joy also leaves many close friends whom she loved as family.
A celebration of life will take place at Trail Christian Fellowship in Eagle Point, Ore., on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Providence Hospice of Medford, Trail Christian Fellowship Building Fund, Hope Chapel in Kihei, Maui, or to the