In Memoriam: Joy Lathrop ’63

Joy Lathrop ’63 died Nov. 23, 2022, at age 80. Lathrop was born Feb. 13, 1942, in Brahma, Minn., to Alden and Alice (Toft) Cornell. She graduated from Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and began her teaching career. She subsequently completed her master’s degree at Lewis and Clark College. She taught elementary school for over 30 years at Deer Creek Elementary School in Douglas County, Ore., and retired in 1997. After retiring, she co-owned an antique store in Oakland, Ore., for 15 years. 

Lathrop enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was known for her sense of humor, and her love of antiquing, reading, gardening, studying history, and traveling. She had an amazing eye for decorating and landscape design. She was a member of Central Lutheran Church and greatly cherished her faith. She was an accomplished musician, attending Pacific on a piano scholarship. She shared her music by playing the organ and piano at church for over 20 years at Faith Lutheran Church in Roseburg, Ore.

Joy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Gene” Lathrop; and parents, Alden and Alice Cornell. She is survived by her children, Scott Chadek, Lori Roberts (Christopher), Arthur Lathrop (Nadine), and Micheal Lathrop (Miyoko); grandchildren Adam, Anna, Andrew, Ken; great-grandchildren, Christopher and Benjamin; sisters, Janice Suratt and Jolynn Cornell-Fabiano; and many nieces and nephews.

Friday, Jan. 13, 2023