Remembering West Seattle native Joy J. McLean Newman

The family of the late Joy J. McLean Newman shares this remembrance:

Joy J. McLean Newman – wonderful Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Friend, West Seattle native – left us on December 18, 2013.

Joy started her working career as a mail messenger at Boeing, where she met the love of her life, Harry. Not long after their marriage, they moved to Diablo, where Harry worked as an operator for City Light. Upon their return to the greater Seattle area, Joy worked as a “taco bender” for Taco Time, a real estate agent, for the Postal Service, and as a COLA surveyor. She was a longtime Teamster, retiring from Laidlaw bus company as a driver for special-needs children. Joy loved the outdoors and bird watching.

Joy is survived by her husband of 58 years, Harry; children Carolyn (Kate), Alec (Margot), and Annette (Bill); sister Sylvia, brother Stuart, grandsons Maclean and Dan, granddaughters Julia and Lilli, step-granddaughters Sarah, Rachel, and Emily; nephews Nathan, Martin, and Charles. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of her favorite charities – CARE, Mercy Corps, or a charity of your choice.

Joy’s last message was one we could all use in our lives: Forgiveness.

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3 Replies to "Remembering West Seattle native Joy J. McLean Newman"

  • Dale December 28, 2013 (10:16 am)

    So sorry for your loss Newman family. What a wonderful, lengthy Marriage! What a strong message.

  • Sarah December 30, 2013 (9:31 pm)

    Very sad to hear this. Joy came in every so often for a haircut from me over the past couple of years. She was a dear woman, who loved her family and just being true to herself. You will be missed Joy.

  • Linda Blackinton January 2, 2014 (3:53 pm)

    Joy was our babysitter in the late 40’s or early 50’s, when our parents went out dancing. We lived a few blocks south on 59th Ave SW. So sad that she is gone. She seems to have lived a good long life, doing many different tasks.

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