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Obituary: Fury, Joyce (Bino)

FURY, Joyce (Bino)

Joyce Bino Fury passed away on September 16, 2012, at her home in Spokane Valley, Washington, at 97 years of age.

She was born to Lucinda and John Bino on December 30, 1914, in Portland, Oregon.

Joyce married Robert Connell “Con” Fury on December 25, 1946.


Joyce served for nearly 2 ½ years (September 1943 - February 1946) in the United States Navy during World War II.

After leaving active duty, she served as captain’s yeoman with an organized submarine division at Swan Island near Portland, Oregon, for 3 ½ years.

Prior to volunteering to return to service for 22 months during the Korean conflict, her naval experience included a tour of duty at the naval gun factory in Washington, DC.
In 1979 the Secretary of the Navy presented Joyce the Navy Achievement Medal.

The citation reads in part, “Senior Chief Petty Officer Fury employed her extensive administrative and practitioner skills in developing and improving the management of the units to which assigned.

Professional competence aside, she was the driving force in developing a strong and successful recruiting and retention program in those units.

She gave unselfishly of her time and energy, often spending hours and days with no recognition in the pursuit of excellence in unit performance.

On three occasions, Senior Chief Fury’s services were specifically requested to serve as the supervising administrator of the personnel function at national seminars.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Fury exemplifies the truly dedicated Naval Reservist, and through that dedication, professionalism and industry, has contributed significantly to reflect the greatest credit to herself and the United States Naval Service.”

Her years of service totaled more than 21 years in both active duty and in the reserves.
In 1972 Joyce volunteered to assist with the investigation of the Sunshine Mining Catastrophe that hit on May 2 of that year.

Her supervisor received a letter from the United States Department of Interior stating in part, “The detailing of Joyce Fury made a major contribution toward preparing reports and keeping Washington advised.

Her cooperation and cheerful personality, despite the circumstances, was felt by all.”


She worked for more than 34 years for the Soil Conservation Service and the Bonneville Power Administration both in Portland, Oregon, and in Spokane.


Her interests were many: reading, entertaining, hosting dinner parties, playing bridge, volunteering at the Civic Theater, participating in the many functions of The Spokane Club, attending the opera and the symphony, playing the organ, and traveling.

Joyce traveled to all seven continents including Antarctica in 1995.

Her travels included many countries in Europe as well as Scandinavia, East Africa, South Africa, the Holy Land, China, India, Russia, South Pacific, Mongolia, Galapagos, and a trip down the Amazon River.


Joyce is survived by stepson Greg Fury and daughter-in-law MaryO, stepdaughter Sara Fury, grandson Robert, great-grandson Connel, sister-in-law Mabel Bino, and nieces and nephews.


No services will be held at her request.

All of her friends are invited to “Remember Joyce” at any time between 1 and 4 the afternoon of Saturday, October 27, 2012, in the Cutter Room at the Spokane Club, 1002 West Riverside Avenue, Spokane.

Online guestbook www.riplingers.com.

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