Joy Allene Vande Bruggen

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  • "Joy fully lived up to her name. She was a faithful..."
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  • "When I first came to Crossroads Church in 1984, Joy was my..."
    - Caroline Smith
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    - Denise Robinson
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    - Sharon Bernash Smith
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    - Gary Dicklich
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March 29, 1935 ~ February 8, 2011

Joy Allene Vande Bruggen of Vancouver, WA, went to be with Jesus on Feb. 8, 2011, after a massive stroke. She was born to Leonard and Hazel Briggs in Seattle, WA where she grew up and graduated from Franklin High School.
After her marriage to "Van" Vande Bruggen, she worked as a live-in care-giver. Her employers became like family to her.
She was a faithful member of Crossroads Church where she taught a Children's Sunday School Class, was active in Oasis Senior Group and served others. Other favorites were beach trips, lunches with friends, Mexican Train Games, flowers, decorating, and thrift store shopping.
Joy is survived by her nephews, Morley, Jeffrey and Ron Briggs; and cousin, Shirley Updegraft.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Morley Briggs, Sr; and her two children, Cindy at age 14 and Gregg at 10.
A celebration of Joy's life will be held on Mon., Feb. 21, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Crossroads Church, 7708 NE 78th St., Vancouver, WA. (360-256-9711) A reception follows the service.
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 18, 2011
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