IN MEMORY: Joyce Lorain Jelinek 1933-2020

Joyce Lorain Jelinek 1933-2020

Joyce Lorain Jelinek, age 86, a longtime resident of Stevens County passed away August 6, 2020 surrounded by her children. Joyce was born August 28, 1933 to Ralph and Frieda (High) Sanders in Teckla, WY.

Joyce grew up in Elmer City, graduating 1951 from Coulee Dam High. As the eldest, Joyce learned the necessity and love of sewing, as clothes were not plentiful, and hand-me-downs from family to family common; stretching the life of a garment a hard wired characteristic in her lifetime of sewing clothes, projects, and quilts – adding love to every stitch.

Joyce belonged to several Masonic organizations as well as RV, car, and travel clubs as Jack Ritchie’s long-time partner.

Joyce lived a Christian life believing our savior died for her sins, knowing the best was yet to come. She is preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Frieda, brothers Larry, Billy and Ralph, sister Marv, and partner Jack Ritchie. Her children Lane, Wendy, Bret, Doris, and Joy, brother Jaak, nephew Drew, many grandchildren and many more great-grandchildren, survive her.

Special thanks to Justine, Marla, Daniel, and Kathy of Hospice. Memorial donations on behalf of Joyce can be made to Hospice of Spokane, WA.
Please visit the online memorial at and sign the guestbook. Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory have been entrusted with the arrangements.