Joy Margaret Spurr

December 22, 2009

By Contributor

Joy Margaret Spurr, of Issaquah, died Dec. 16, 2009, at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. She was 89.By her request, private family services were held.

She was born Dec. 21, 1919, in Albert Lea, Minn., to Edward H. Flindt and Anna T. Hartwig. She attended Albert Lea High School and later attended business college in Minneapolis.

Joy married Roger Spurr in Seattle in July 1948. Joy was a self-employed professional photographer. She moved to Seattle in 1940 and later moved to Issaquah in 1988.

She was a member of the Woodland Park Zoological Society, Puget Sound Mycological Society, the Arboretum Foundation, Evergreen Rock Club and Issaquah Rock Center.

Her hobbies and interests included photography, hiking, snow skiing, rock-hounding, mushroom collecting, wildlife — plants and animals identification, gardening and reading. As an accomplished photographer, her adventures included worldwide traveling to exotic and sometimes dangerous places. With these experiences she became an author and lecturer and considered herself a lifelong learner.

She is remembered as being friendly, outgoing, loving, loyal and a philanthropist.

Joy is survived by her children: Donna Avery, Scott Avery, Lisa Nelson, Cindy Rich and Diane Sievers.

Friends are invited to share memories, view her photographs and sign the family’s online guest book at

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