Joyce A. Chua

June 7, 1969 ~ November 10, 2017

"You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you." Psalm 73: 24-25

Joyce A. Chua, 48, of Vancouver, WA, passed away on November 10, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Joyce was born in Edmonds, WA to loving parents Kian and Helenette (Chen) Chua. She was married to husband Steve Prastka for twenty-two years.

In 1987, Joyce graduated from Mariner High School in Everett. Joyce earned a Bachelor of Science, Industrial Design from Western Washington University in 1992.

Her industrial design career included product design contributions in both corporate design groups and consultant design firms. Joyce co-founded the manufacturing company Capsule Urn where she was the acting Creative Director until her passing. Her work was recognized in multiple, international design competitions.

Her illness and faith, motivated her to help other cancer patients though peer counseling, volunteer outreach, and international dragon boat racing.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Steve; her mother, Helenette Chen; brother, Calvin Chua; sister, Christine (Chua) Reiss; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and a nephew. Her father Kian proceeded her in death.

A public memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Columbia Presbyterian Church, 805 Columbia Ridge Dr., Vancouver, WA 98664.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Ellen Torongo Presbyterian Women's Scholarship fund in Joyce's name at
Please sign Joyce's Guest Book at

Published in The Columbian on Nov. 26, 2017