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LaDonna ". Vanderbeek
April 13, 1944 - May 10, 2019

Longest Serving Operating Room Nurse in the Rogue Valley Passes
LaDonna Joyce Vanderbeek and her twin sister were born April 13th, 1944 in Stanley, North Dakota to Arnold and Francis Eidem. Joyce graduate with her nursing degree from Jamestown College and moved to Medford, Oregon in 1965. She was an operating room nurse at the Rogue Valley Medical Center for over forty years.
Never one to ignore needs, Joyce’s passion for healing and adventure led her to join Interplast (now Resurge International) as a volunteer, flying around the world for many years offering trainings and life-affirming surgeries for children in remote communities where modern surgery did not reach.
Joyce gave birth to her two sons, Mike and Mark, in Medford and raised them in the valley. Son, Mike Vanderbeek lives in Kalispell, MT and son, Mark, in Tacoma, WA. Joyce took pride in her sons and grandchildren and also doted on her dog, Annie.
Joyce had a talent for organizing and enjoyed planning river rafting trips and ski excursions with her friends. She developed strong friendships that persisted many years. She enjoyed hiking and the beauty of our Rogue Valley.
Joyce is survived by her son, Mike; daughter-in-law, Shelley; grandkids, Nicholas and Nathan; son, Mark; daughter-in-law, Jenny; grandkids, Hayden, Lilly and Harry. She is also survived by her twin sister, Jayne Sand of Arizona; and brother, Dan Eidem of Indiana. Her brother, Dale Eidem died before her.
Joyce was a long-time supporter of ACCESS and the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to help needy local families and individuals at ACCESS, 3630 Aviation Way, Medford, OR 97504.
Joyce passed away May 10th. A Celebration of her Life will be June 1 at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville.

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  • Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from God’s word at Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. Heartfelt prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • You may be gone from our sight, but you will always be in our hearts.
    It takes a special someone and you were more than just an Aunt, but rather, our second Mom. You were loved by so many and we were blessed to have been able to say our goodbyes.
    A limb has fallen from our family tree. I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me. Remember our best times, the laughter, the song. The good life I lived while I was strong. Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you. Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest. Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.“
    Rest in peace our beloved Joycey
    With Love,
    Laura