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Joy Mansfield

Saturday, January 5, 1946
Monday, June 26, 2017
Bremerton, Washington

Joy Lynne (Collins) Mansfield, 71, passed away in the comfort of her home on June 26, 2017.

She was born on January 5, 1946 in Bremerton, WA to the late Maudine and Ray Collins. Joy attended Trinity College, earned a bachelor's degree from UW, and a master's degree from WWU. She was a dedicated teacher for nearly 30 years at Fisher Elementary School in Lynden, WA. Joy had a beautiful voice. She sang in several women's choruses including Sweet Adelines and Valley Voices. She loved to travel and she especially enjoyed spending time at the beach. But most of all, she loved her family.

She is survived by her devoted husband of over 50 years, Frank Mansfield of Lynden, WA, her children Will and Sarah (Good) Mansfield of Seattle, WA and Michal (Mansfield) and Al Wiseman of Cultus Lake, BC., and her grandchildren, Peyton and Harper Wiseman of Cultus Lake, BC and Jared Mansfield of Seattle, WA. She is also survived by her brothers Ronald and Kaycie Collins of Puyallup, WA, Robert and Patricia Collins of Spanaway, WA, and Micheal and Lena Collins of Southworth, WA. Joy was beloved by her large close-knit extended family including many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Joy and Frank hosted many foreign students who became part of their family. Joy had many incredible lifelong friends.

At Joy's request, there will be no viewing or funeral service. A gathering for family and friends to celebrate her life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joy's memory can be made to PeaceHealth Cancer Center in Bellingham to the cancer center patient experience (https://11354.thankyou4caring.org/stjoseph/donate-now) or by mail to 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225.

Guestbook Entries

Submitted by John and Carol Lee on

Our deepest sympathies in the loss of a wonderful lady.  Joy and Frank warmly welcomed us into their home in Lynden when we were attending Trinity Western and far from home.  We will always appreciate her love and kindness.

Submitted by Jana Clow on

My heart goes out to all who mourn the loss of this beautiful woman   May God richly bless your loss and abiding love❤️

Submitted by Roberta Morris on

We mourn our loss , here on earth, of this warm, lovely woman who loved to sing. My prayer is for the Lord to comfort and care for the family through this loss knowing there is no pain, just real joy in heaven.

Submitted by Karen Lyon on

To Frank and all of Joy's family and friends:  

I had the privilege of working with Joy all the years I taught at Fisher.  She was a positive, helpful, caring, sharing and talented teacher, one who will be greatly missed.  Our thoughts and prayers go with you.

Karen and Dick Lyon

Submitted by Jackie Turner on

My thoughts and prayers go out to you Michal and Al and your children and all of your family... God Bless

Joy was one of a kind! Beautiful inside and out! She and I worked many years together teaching Sunday school and while working at Fisher I had the joy of seeing her sweet smile daily! May God Bless all her awesome family knowing she is not in pain anymore! See you later Joy!!

Submitted by Mike and Deanna... on

We will miss your lovely nature and angelic voice friend. We look forward to celebrating a life richly lived. See you again.

Submitted by Ruth Handy on

Joy was our dorm mate during our TJC days, leaving us with dear memories....she was our 'joybells', deeply loved.

Submitted by David Middleton on

My thoughts and prayers go out to all your family at this time!

David Middleton

Submitted by Tammy on

she will be missed

may God give you comfort through the years

Submitted by Michl Prettol R... on

I am sorry to hear of Joy's passing. Am praying for comfort you all and at the same time, so glad she is living it up in heaven!


Submitted by Carole Hanaway on

Dear Frank:

Please know you and Joy remain positive presences in our world.  Christoph Kerzke will be in touch as well.  Please let us know if it is appropriate to share in your memories. 


Carole Hanaway...3051 Eldridge Avenue Bellingham....360-305-7771



Submitted by Brenda Chretin on

To Frank, 
I just Heard the news and my heart went numb, I didn´t knew about Joy´s illness. Frank I wish you from the bottom of my heart, peace for you heart. Comfort and acceptance to take god´s wishes of choosing Joy as her beautiful angel that she is now. I always saw Joy as a second mom and you as a second Dad, you guys always made me feel loved and cared, as I am sure you make everyone feel the same around you. That is one of the biggest treasures I take from both of you and will always remember you guys with love and happiness. I send to you my best wishes and the biggest warm hug, I hope I could be there for you and Sarah and Will. Take care Frank. Miss ya!!

Submitted by Kathy (Crocker)... on

I was so sorry to hear of Joy's passing. She was my best friend in elementary school in Olalla. I cherish the fond memories I have of her and the fun we had. I wish to extend my condolences to Frank, and all of her family and friends.

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