JOAN MARY (PAYSENO) JEFFRIES
December 7, 1928 ~ October 13, 2017
Joan Jeffries was born December 7, 1928 in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada to John and Ruth Payseno. Her formative years were spent on a small farm near Bismarck, North Dakota and later in various places in Oregon and Washington before ultimately settling in Vancouver, Washington.
Joan was first and foremost a mother - in the truest sense of the word.
She and Art Jeffries were married in 1948 in Bremerton, Washington and resided there for a few years before moving to Oregon. In 1959 they moved to Vancouver, Washington. That was their home for the remainder of their lives. She raised two girls - Kathleen Jeffries and Mary Miller (Ray) and seven boys - Mike, Pat (Rosie), Tim (Sue), Terry, Mark, John and Matt (Katie). Joan was instrumental in the lives of many other children. She was a surrogate mother to Linda Brown-Street and Bill (Patti) Fox. Many other friends became family members - such as Pat and John Erickson and Ralph Mueler. They are considered family to us. Joan was cherished as a Mother, a Grandmother, a Great Grandmother (Nana), a Godmother, an Aunt, and a Great Aunt. Mom's family, her religion and children were the most important things in her life. She didn't wear her religion on her sleeve; she lived it every day in her actions and her beliefs.
Her upbringing, while living in a small tar-paper shack on a poor dirt farm in North Dakota, prepared her well for her role in life as a mother, caregiver, counselor and confidante.
She was humble yet feisty and fiercely independent. She had a kindness that knew no boundaries, a tenderness that could sooth any hurt and an undying, caring spirit. People were drawn to her because of her everlasting smile, her joyful laughter and her gift to truly listen. When you talked with her she made you feel like you were the most important person in her world. Children were her passion and "Nana's" hugs were met with enthusiasm and out-stretched arms.
Like Mom's heart, our home was never too full for family, friends and neighbors. She loved to host, to cook, to listen to music, to sing, to dance, to laugh. She loved to bake and our home was always filled with the aroma of our favorite recipes. Often times we would come home to find more friends than family at the table. All of her children have friends who have become family to us all.
Christmas, which included one and all, was her favorite time of year and the annual family camping trip was her favorite tradition. She loved to travel and, did we mention she loved to play cards?
She is survived by all her children, 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and her dear sister-in-law, Barbara Payseno, and her many treasured nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Art Jeffries in 2008 and by her cherished brothers and sisters-in-law - Lloyd (Veronica), Harold (Frances) and Ken Payseno.
Funeral mass will begin at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, October 21st at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church located at 4723 NW Franklin Street, Vancouver, WA 98663. A reception will follow at the Elks Lodge located at 11605 SE McGillvray Blvd., Vancouver WA 98683 (at the south end of Chkalov Dr.).
In lieu of flowers, and in the recognition of Mom's love for children, memorial contributions may be made to "Make-a-Wish of Washington and Alaska", 811 1st Ave., #550, Seattle, WA 98104.
Please sign her Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits
Published by The Columbian on Oct. 18, 2017.