Remembering Joyce Carfrae, 1934-2018

Family and friends are remembering Joyce Carfrae, and sharing this tribute with the community:

Joyce Carfrae, 83, of West Seattle, died after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease on February 18, 2018. Her daughters were with her when she peacefully passed.

Joyce was born in Seattle on September 19, 1934. She graduated from West Seattle High School in 1953. She married George, who preceded her in death (2012), on April 23, 1954. George and Joyce lived most of their married life in the Alki area.

When her children were young, Joyce was active in the elementary PTA and was a Camp Fire Leader. Joyce was an avid reader. George and Joyce enjoyed walking, spending time together at their lake property, made several trips to Maui and on an Alaskan cruise. They were members of Admiral Congregational United Church of Christ. They also played an active role in the lives of their young grandchildren.

Joyce is survived by her daughters, Carol Pennie (Jim) and Carrie Ferrulli; her Grandchildren Victoria and William Ferrulli, Catherine and Michael Pennie; her brother Bruce Thomason (Barb); her sister-in-law Susan Thomason and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date. A memorial gift in Joyce’s name can be made on

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3 Replies to "Remembering Joyce Carfrae, 1934-2018"

  • Kristi February 24, 2018 (12:56 pm)

    Joyce and George were my fabulous neighbors from 1990 until George died in 2012.  Joyce was lots of fun with her great sense of humor.  They were very kind to me and George would  bring in my garbage cans each week until he physically wasn’t able to anymore.  They were always there to watch over the neighborhood and helping their neighbors whenever needed.  Alzheimer’s is a very cruel disease.  My deep condolences to Carrie and Carol and their families.

  • Lola February 25, 2018 (10:59 am)

    My condolences to the family.  I went to school with Carol. So hard to loose the parents. 

  • Kathrine February 25, 2018 (5:38 pm)

    We so enjoyed having Joyce and George as neighbors when we moved to our home in 1984.  They welcomed us with their warm hearts and we knew they were always willing to help.  I enjoyed going over to their home for visits and Joyce had a great sense of humor.   George and Joyce’s marriage gave us insight into the merits of a lasting and steadfast marriage.  May sweet memories of Joyce bring comfort.

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