Joy S. VanBuskirk

9/17/1940 - 9/11/2021


Joy S. VanBuskirk, age 80, passed away on September 11, 2021 in Ferndale, Washington.

Joy was born in Ballard, Washington on September 17, 1940 to parents Harold and Marie Hoff, and she graduated from Fife High School.

In 1964 she married the love of her life, John “Jack” VanBuskirk, in Tacoma, Washington, and they enjoyed 55 wonderful years together until Jack’s death in 2019.

Joy’s family has so many wonderful memories of the time they spent together. Joy loved celebrating holidays. Her family will never forget the Fourth of July parties, the amazing Thanksgivings with extended family and friends, and Joy’s famous Christmas prime rib that was always cooked to perfection. She always wanted people to be comfortable and feel welcome in her home.

Joy was always doing something. She didn’t slow down except to sleep. She loved canning veggies, making apple cider with the cider press as a family, enjoying freshly cooked crab on the beach, gardening, crabbing, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was a rock of support for everyone. She was generous, caring, loving, and selfless. We will miss her dearly.

Joy is survived by her daughter Gayle Saunders, son Michael VanBuskirk, and granddaughters Hazel VanBuskirk and Delaney Saunders.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday October 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church – 5904 Vista Dr. Ferndale, WA. The service will also be live-streaming on the church’s Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ Lutheran Church in Ferndale, Washington.

Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: October 02, 2021 (1:00 PM)
  • Venue: Christ Lutheran Church
  • Location: 5904 Vista Dr. Ferndale, WA 98248

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1 responses to Joy S. VanBuskirk

  1. We miss you and Jack and your passing caught us by surprise. I’m so glad I got to talk to you as you just before you left us to go home to be with our Lord. Say hello and hug Jmy brother for me. Love you, Jay and Anna

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