Joyce Connor

Baker City, 1953-2020

Joyce C. Connor, 67, of Baker City, died quietly in her home on March 11, 2020.

Her family plans to schedule a memorial service after coronavirus restrictions have ceased.

Joyce was born on Feb. 22, 1953, at Chicago and graduated from Pontiac Township High School in Illinois. She came to Oregon with her family in 1973 when her parents, Duie and Dorothy, purchased a ranch at Rock Creek near Baker City. In her younger years she enjoyed camping with her parents and siblings. At the age of 17 she began her long career with Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in personnel and equipment purchasing. She retired in 2007.

Joyce loved a good mystery in novels and movies. She was a vault of knowledge; we all share memories of Trivial Pursuit where she quickly filled her game token and indulged us with innumerable hints and clues off the junior edition, her family said.

She was a constant in the lives of her sister, nieces, and nephew growing up in Baker and shaped their lives with a special connection she had with each one. She is the definition of determination and grit. Physical challenges presented itself in her adolescence, yet it was never an identifying part of who she was. She awed us with her strength and mental toughness. The last few years she struggled with breathing with a quiet grace. A private and self-sufficient individual, it had to be frustrating that her failing body brought limitations.

She had many loving friends and family who regularly helped her, and she treasured that support. Joyce was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1974 and had a strong belief in the Bible’s hope of a resurrection. We cry now that she is gone, but the tears will equally flow when we see her walking tall, lungs full of breath, and with that sweet smile on her lips, her family said.

Joyce is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Dan Legner of Payette,Idaho, and their children, Angie, Jason and Jessica; her sister, Kim Connor of Normal, Illinois; her brother, Dave Connor of Pontiac, Illinois, and his children, Christina and Nicholas; her brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Kris Connor of Medford and their children, Chrissy, Steven and Anna; and her brother, Scott Connor of Medford and his daughter, Sarah.

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