Featured Memorial – Joyce Elaine Ruble

This featured memorial is about Joyce Elaine Ruble. Her grave caught my eye because as soon as I walked up to it I noticed that it had both a headstone and a foot stone. I thought it was interesting that the foot stone had been dedicated by a school. This led me to want to learn more about her.

Joyce Elaine Ruble

Joyce is buried in Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Everett, Washington. She died in 1963 at the age of 13.

Her head stone Says:

The headstone of Joyce Elaine Ruble.Joyce Elaine Ruble ~ Laurin ~ 1950-1963

Her foot stone says:

Foot stone for Joyce Elaine Ruble.In loving memory of ~ Joyce E Ruble ~ 1950 – 1963
South Powellhurst School ~ Portland, Oregon

I found the foot stone very interesting. Why would South Powellhurst School add a foot stone for Joyce? Did she die at the school? Was she a very influential student there?

I attempted to find more information on the school, but was only able to find a couple of references to “South Powellhurst Middle School” in Oregon, none of which were very helpful in solving this mystery. I also wondered if the foot stone was recently placed on her grave. The lack of wear, the material used, and the design lead me to think that it may be a more recent addition than her headstone.

Try as I might, I couldn’t find very much information about Joyce. I wasn’t able to find out how she died, or locate any pictures of her. After countless searches I believe I was able to piece together some of her family tree. I was able to find out that the inscription “Laurin” on her headstone is the last name of her mother and step father, Shirley and Herbert Laurin, and that she may have had as many as five brothers and one sister. She is buried next to Ernest and Margaret (King) Laurin, who are her step-grandparents.

What I do know is that Joyce was very loved. Her headstone is very cute, with an image of a little girl herding sheep (Little Bo Peep?) and a built in vase so that her loved ones always have a place to leave flowers. Additionally, someone at the South Powellhurst School in Portland, Oregon cared for her enough to add the beautiful foot stone with the inscription “In Loving Memory”.

I hope to some day find out more about Joyce’s story, as I have so many questions. I would also like to be able to add a picture of her to her Find a Grave memorial.

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4 Responses to Featured Memorial – Joyce Elaine Ruble

  1. Anita says:

    I think this is a great one to kick off the Featured Memorials! Even though we don’t know most of the story it looks like Joyce Elaine Ruble was a very special person indeed :). I hope we’ll find out more about her and especially what about her inspired folks at South Powellhurst Middle School to get her a footstone.

  2. Dave says:

    As a little kid growing up in South Everett, I used to play in the woods (Now all businesses and a mall) that lined the cemetary. I remember wondering why she had two stones and why she died so young. She died the year I was born. Now my Dad and mom are both burried very close to where she is. I too would like to know more about her.
    RIP Joyce

    • Jenn says:


      Thanks for your comment. It is amazing how someone neither of us has ever met can have such an impact on both of us. Every time I go to Cypress Lawn (which is quite often) I go to Joyce’s grave and visit for a while.

      I recently received some more information about Joyce that I would like to share on the blog very soon, I will keep you updated :).


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