Joyce Jorgensen

Obituary of Joyce Marie Jorgensen

On early Sunday morning, August 28, 2022, Joyce Marie Jorgensen, loving wife and mother of four, lost her battle with cancer; she was 81. Joyce was born on March 12, 1941 to Edward Francis Fiebiger and Elsie Heinz Fiebiger on their family farm in Cooperstown, North Dakota. She graduated high school in 1959 and moved to the big city of Bismarck. Joyce met Nels Raymond Jorgensen in 1963 and they were married shortly thereafter.

In 1969, Joyce and Nels moved to Eugene, Oregon where they raised their children. Joyce was Operations Manager at Kaufmans for more than 25 years where she made dear, life-long friends. She was ahead of her time with successfully juggling the demands of a full-time career and family, taking Tuesday evenings off for bowling on a women’s league. She was an avid scratch baker and even in the lean years, prided herself on serving wonderful home cooked meals. She retired in 1994. Joyce and Nels enjoyed growing seasonal fruits & vegetables, traveling and camping. Some of her favorite memories were of weekend trips up to the mountains or over to the beach. They were together for nearly 50 years until his death in 2009.

Joyce continued to travel and spend time with her grandchildren, passing along her culinary and baking skills to many. She also gave her time to her local community through St. Helen Catholic Church. She met Doug Beveridge through friends at church and their friendship quickly blossomed into something more. She was so excited to find love again. They were married in April of 2019. Joyce had a passion for gardening and tending to her flowers, especially roses. Doug would build anything she needed to make their yard beautiful. She also enjoyed reading, especially investigative fiction or novels; her dream as a young girl was to be an FBI agent. Joyce and Doug also loved to travel, go camping and watch their favorite movies and Netflix shows. They had quite a few adventures in their short time together.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Doug Beveridge of Junction City; two daughters, Julie Kalenian of San Luis Obispo, California, and Nancy Jorgensen of Portland; two sons, Jeffrey of Junction City and James of Chino, California; her grandchildren, Jacob, Travis, Shelby, Ethan, Kaden, LaRae and Emilie; and her great grandchildren, Asher and Grayson. Joyce also leaves behind her siblings, Betty, Lawrence, John and Patty; many nieces and nephews, plus dear friends and extended family. She was loved by all and will be so missed.

A small funeral will be held at St Helen Catholic Church in Junction City on Saturday, September 17, 2022, beginning with a Rosary at 10:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of giving flowers, the family asks that those who are able instead made a donation to the American Cancer Society.


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