Joyce Ann Larsen-Murphy passed away peacefully at home on May 4, 2011. She was born in Cathay, North Dakota and traveled to Seattle with her parents Lars and Inez Rodney and sister Laverne and grandparents Andrew and Julia Erickson.
They made their home in north Seattle and Joyce attended Oak Lake Elementary and Lincoln High School.
Joyce is survived by children Judy and Duane (son-in-law) Long, Dellas and Denise (daughter-in-law) Larsen, Ia and Alfred (son-in-law) Fontanilla, and step-daughter Jun Kenney. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Jonnie, Anthony, Michelle, Julia and Andrew and four great grandchildren Will, Sydney, Isadora and Eli. Joyce is also survived by her dear friend Jerry Murphy.
Joyce married Henning Larsen in 1958 and they owned and operated a small chain of restaurants throughout the area. Their last and favorite being the Woodgate Inn in Woodinville.
Joyce will be remembered by family and friends for her beautiful smile, her positive attitude and her enthusiasm for all she did. A memorial service and Celebration of Life honoring Joyce will be held Sunday, May 22nd at Denny Park Lutheran Church in Seattle, 1:30-4:30. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice.