Joyce Marie née Pascoe (Funk) Leonard
Joyce Marie née Pascoe (Funk) Leonard passed away of natural causes on October 12, 2018, in Milwaukie, Ore., at the age of 92. Born in Deer Lodge on March 8, 1925, she was the daughter of Roy and Merle Pascoe. Joyce graduated from Powell County High School and attended the University of Montana. She and her first husband, Wilbur Funk raised their family in Montana, Minnesota and Oregon.
Joyce imbued her own children with an uncommon musical sensitivity and shared her love of music with children’s choirs for decades. She taught elementary school music in Montana and was a special education instructor in the Portland Public Schools.
While living with her second husband, Daniel Leonard in Milwaukie, Ore., Joyce, well into her 80s, continued to teach piano and harp lessons to children.
Joyce was named after James Joyce, the great Irish novelist, with whom she had genetic ties. During her childhood in Deer Lodge, she was a four-year pen pal with a British woman named Princess Elizabeth – now Queen Elizabeth.
Joyce is survived by her children: Gary Funk, Florence; Nancy Wilson and Eric Funk, both of Bozeman; and Melody Funk, Eastsound, Wash. Joyce had 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. No memorial services are scheduled. Her ashes will be interred next to Daniel Leonard at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.
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