Lemley Chapel
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All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Joyce M. Mapel Memorial
Joyce M. Mapel Memorial

Joyce M. Mapel

Joyce M. Mapel

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Joyce M. Mapel, 83, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 16, 2017 with her family by her side.
The daughter of Dale and Bessie (Amos) Mapel, Joyce was born in Sargent, Nebraska in her grandparent’s home. She attended school in Nebraska, graduating in 1952 in Plainsview, Texas. In 1958 she moved to Seattle and worked for Boeing. In 1960 she moved to Burlington where she owned and operated Joyce’s Drive In for nearly 33 years. She completed her working career at Northern Sales in Mount Vernon.
After retiring Joyce and Carolyn spent time traveling the country in their motorhome. She especially enjoyed the winters they spent in Arizona and California. Joyce was happiest when seated behind the wheel driving down the road in search of new adventures. When home she enjoyed many things including her flowers, her dogs, and simply sitting in the sun on the deck watching the birds. She also enjoyed her church family at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Joyce is survived by her partner, Carolyn; brothers, Daryn (Winnie) and Ben; aunts, Joy and Bonnie; nieces, Jeanine, Wanda, Joan, and Jana; nephews, Dale (Becky), and Rick (Gail); great-nephew, Raymond (Nicole) .
She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Daryl; sister, Elaine; niece, Carolyn; and nephew, Bart.
A Graveside Inurnment for Joyce will be held on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 11:00AM at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery with Pastor Rachel Wangen-Hoch officiating, following the service a reception at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1006 Wicker Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284. The family suggests that memorials be made to Hospice of the Northwest or the Humane Society of Skagit Valley in memory of Joyce.

Living Faith
Doubt sees the obstacles,
Faith sees the way;
Doubt sees the darkest night,
Faith sees the day.
Doubt dreads to take one step,
Faith soars on high;
Doubt questions “Who believes?”
Faith answers “I”.


  • Sally Lund

    We were neighbors of Joyce for 19 years. We got to know Joyce well, and we enjoyed her and Carolyn’s visits. Joyce and I had a common interest and it was about raising beautiful flowers. She had many blooming Begonias during the summer months. Later she had gorgeous Dahlias in bloom. I will miss Joyce; however, now she is free from pain and suffering.

  • Donna Sitts and Sue Harrington

    Joyce was a hard working, independent woman with deeply held values and beliefs–an inspiration and mentor. She also helped so many of us make lasting connections in this community. She will be remembered and greatly missed.

  • June Didier

    True friends are precious and few. Joyce was that for me . I will miss her always. She was one of the most decent persons I have ever known. I am sure she rests in the arms of the Lord she so sincerely believed in.

  • Rick Mapel

    So sad to see you go just when I started to really get to know you. Sweet journey Auntie, I will love you always. God, please take care of this wonderful woman.

  • Sandra Walker

    So much fun to spend time with Joyce and Carolyn on our journey to Arizona. You made it even more special.

  • Denise Ohlfs

    Carolyn, Joyce gave me my first job at her drive in when I bought a horse, Sammy Eagle from her back in the early 70’s. She was so good to me, such a wonderful person and good friend – you both were. I’m so glad that you were able to stay close to one another – you were two peas in a pod! My condolences to you.

  • Cheryl Mitchell

    Carolyn – Joyce will always be in my heart as will you. You both were amazing to all your Joyce’s Drive-In girls and taught us all so much. Love you both and I look forward reuniting with her on the other side. May all your friends give you comfort and support in your time of grief.

  • Cheryl Brue


    Greg and I will miss Joyce so much in church. My fondest memory of her is sitting with the two of you at the 100th Anniversary Dinner. We had such a nice conversation and it was so fun getting to know her better that evening. She will also be missed at the church auction, always busy in the kitchen. May you find peace and comfort in your memories of your life together. Please know that we are holding you up in prayer.