April 16, 1926 — June 8, 2018
Joyce was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the eldest daughter of George and Helen Bratton.
She died at home in Corvallis.
She is survived by her husband, Walter; sister, Carol Lienhard of Houston, Texas; sons, David and Douglas; grandchildren, Daniel and Steven (David and Sandy), Taylor and Avalon (children of daughter-in-law Mary and deceased son Donald); great-grandchild, Kathrine (Dan and Helen); and several nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Betty; and son, Donald.
She is a graduate of the Kirkwood, Missouri High School and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1947.
In 1948, she married Walter Derlacki whom she met at Northwestern University. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in April.
Her love for the piano led to studies at the Peabody Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, furthered by lessons with Robert Hamilton, Katherine Collier and Lois Jacobson.
Her compassion for others was evident in her volunteering activities. She played the piano for and with autistic children in Cleveland, Ohio. In Bellevue, Washington, she mentored immigrant grade school children. A discussion with Governor Gary Locke at the school led to his honoring senior volunteers at an annual “state of the state” legislative address. She was an active member of the Good Samaritan Hospital Volunteer Services for several years.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on August 11, 2018, at the Stoneybrook Village Club House, 4710 SW Hollyhock Circle, Corvallis.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice Program, Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, 815 NW Ninth Street, Suite 136, Corvallis, OR 97330.
Please leave a condolence for the family at www.mchenryfuneralhome.com.