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Joyce E (Lilly) Barak

March 21, 1961 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 62) 62 Years Old
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Joyce Barak Obituary

Joyce E. (Lilly) Barak was born on March 21, 1961, in La Grande, OR. She died on January 24, 2024, surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.

Joyce met her husband Doug in January of 1986.  They were married that same year on June 28. Their marriage of 37 years was defined by a loving commitment to one another and a solid faith in God.   

Joyce was a teacher for 19 years. Her peers would describe her as passionate, inspiring, and innovative. She was devoted to her students and cared for them deeply. She helped mold and grow many young teachers as she was an effective role model. 

Her family meant everything to her. Raising two strong and sometimes stubborn boys was not for the weak at heart. She embraced her role as a boy mom to Jared and Nate, taking them and their friends fishing and hunting, ensuring that they experienced grand adventures while spending quality time with their energetic mother.

Her treasured role as a grandmother came in July 2020 when she became GiGi Joy to her grandson, Hayes.  He would run into the living room with open arms and jump into Joyces arms.  

Joyce was diagnosed with cancer in September 2020.  Her fight was long and unbearable at times, yet she was sustained by her faith in the Lord. She lived her life as if God was whispering to her, “Lean on me, I’ve got you.”  Through her arduous battle, she maintained her life’s outlook… “Wake up every morning and choose JOY.”  

Joyce Barak was a gift to many.  She was and will remain our Gift Giver to her loving family members and friends.

She is survived by her husband: Doug Barak, Hermiston, OR; sons: Jared Barak, Anchorage, Alaska and Nathan Barak & his wife Elly, Hermiston, OR; grandson: Hayes; brothers: Jim Lilly, Hermiston, OR, Jerry Lilly, Boise, ID and Jay Lilly, Central Point, OR; sister: Jan Cook, Pendleton, OR; numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. at New Hope Community Church, 1350 S Hwy 395, Hermiston, Oregon.

Contributions in Joyce's memory may be made to Special Olympics #510 C/O Kristi Smalley 405 W Moore Ave Hermiston, OR 97838 or Hermiston Education Foundation PO Box 1096 Hermiston, OR 97838.

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Celebration of Life
February 24, 2024

11:00 AM
New Hope Community Church
1350 S. Highway 395
Hermiston, OR 97838


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