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Memorial for Mary Joyce Carnegie

Born in Albany, Oregon on Dec. 11, 1918
Departed on Jan. 10, 2019 and resided in Albany, Oregon.
Service: Friday, Feb. 1, 2019
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Mary Joyce Carnegie
December 11, 1918---January 10, 2019

Mary Joyce Carnegie, passed away January 10th at the age of 100 at her adult foster care home in Albany. She was born in a small house on Riverside Dr., west of Albany, as the only child of Leslie Prosper Stellmacher and Stella Rosella Eastman on Dec. 11. 1918. Except for a brief stay in Tacoma, WA, at the start of WW II, she spent her entire life in the Riverside Community and in Albany. She met her husband, Orris A. Carnegie, as a youngster when they both attended potlucks and parties at the Riverside Community Hall. She graduated from Riverside School and then Albany High School in 1935. She attended Oregon State College in Corvallis, graduating in 1940 with a degree in Home Economics. In June of that same year she and Orris were married. By early 1941 Orris was called to active duty at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and Joyce soon joined him. In 1942, their first child, John, was born and Orris shipped overseas. Joyce and Johnny moved back to Albany and lived with her parents for the duration of the War.

During WW II Joyce was active in war-support efforts. Her proudest accomplishment was in the establishment of a Home Extension Service in Linn County. She was a major organizer of the service and a volunteer workshop instructor, teaching sewing and nutrition classes for a numbers of years.
When Orris returned home, they moved back into Albany where their three daughters, Judy, Barbara and Marta, were born over the next eight years.

Joyce was a full time mother and grandparent, She served as Cub Scout Den Mother and a Girl Scout Leader. She supported all of her children in a variety of school, church, and extra curricular activities. She enjoyed camping with the family, particularly the Sunday picnic outings to Cascadia and fishing/camping at Clear Lake resort. She was always very fond of her aunts, uncles and cousins, on both the Stellmacher and Eastman sides of her family.

The year they were married Joyce and Orris joined the Whitespires United Presbyterian Church. In 1967 they became members of the United Presbyterian Church of Albany, when the two church congregations merged. She served the church in many ways, including holding Elder and Deacon positions. She had strong faith which carried her throughout her life, and enabled her to endure hardships and still provide quiet guidance and inspiration to her friends and family.

In their later years Joyce and Orris particularly enjoyed traveling in their RV, visiting their children and sites throughout the West. They had good friends and traveling companions on many adventures with the Ready Roamer Good Sam Travel Club and Willamette Rollers Elks RV Club.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Orris, who died in 1991. She is survived by her four children and their spouses and 6 grandchildren; John William and Susan, living in Bozeman, MT and their two sons, Steven of Beaverton and Jeffrey of Bozeman; Judith Ann Waggle and Art of Albany and their son Kurt of Albany; Barbara Joyce Campbell, of Portland and her children, son Matthew, of Portland and daughter Laurel, of Tigard; and Marta Jean DeCoster and Kevin, of Albany; Marta’s son Nathan, of Albany and step-sons Brendan of Silver Springs, Maryland and Cameron of Arvada, Colorado. She is also survived by 11 great- grandchildren, two nephews and three nieces and several cousins.

Joyce will be truly missed by all those who knew her. She was very loving and supportive of everything that her children were involved in, their adventures, hopes and dreams, and was especially supportive, proud and very fond of all her grandchildren, who spent many hours with her at her historic family home on Takena St. in Albany. A memorial service will be at 1pm Friday February 1st at the Albany United Presbyterian Church. Contributions may be made to the Church or Lumina Hospice in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 SW Washington St., Albany, Oregon 97321. Online condolences for the family may be posted at


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