She was born in Moscow, ID to Edna (Green) and Arnold Smith.
Joyce married Jim Hombel, her loving husband of 63 years, while living in Enterprise, OR.
Joyce retired from Caterpillar (Lewiston, ID) after many years spent as a bookkeeper, and prior to moving to Clarkston in 1976, she worked as a bookkeeper at Perry Brothers Poultry Packing in Spokane.
After living in Clarkston for over 20 years, Joyce and Jim returned to Spokane in 2000 in order to live closer to the children and family they treasured.
Joyce was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She filled her “spare” time with a variety of handwork activities that included quilting, crocheting, and beautiful Brazilian embroidery.
Once settled back in Spokane, she enjoyed time spent with the local 3-D Needle Nuts.
She was always ready to head out for camping adventures, and those times created memories which will be held dear and forever by family and friends.
Joyce leaves her family with the legacy of unconditional love that will live on in the years ahead as they cherish and relive memories filled with laughter, campsites, a ready hug and incredible family meals together.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her son, PFC.
Ray Hombel (1969, serving as a marine in Vietnam at the time of death); and her only brother, Richard Smith.
Joyce is survived by her husband, Jim; her son, Guy and Charlene Hombel (Spokane); her daughter, Lynne and Dick Anderson (Horseshoe Lake, WA); grandsons, Josh Hombel (Spokane), Bob and Rachel Blom (Cheney, WA), Clint and Heather Anderson (Portland, OR); and granddaughters, Melissa and Ryan Finnegan (Tehachape, CA), Angee Dwyer (Spokane), and Theresa and Matt Silver (Mead, WA); 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and Jerry Smith, her brother’s wife who Joyce always called her “sister”.
There are numerous friends, nieces and nephews who will also remember camping, family meals and laughter when they think of Aunty Joyce.
Our family wants to thank the staff at both Royal Plaza Assisted Living and Holy Family Hospital for the compassionate care they gave to our precious mother during this final phase of her earthly journey.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA.