FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. -- Joyce Marie Ringle, 68, Fountain Hills, Ariz., and summer resident of Walker, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at home.
She was born May 2, 1933, in Devils Lake, N.D., to Ted and Marie Benson. In 1949 the family moved to Walker where she was active at Walker High School. She worked as a telephone operator in Colorado and in 1953 transferred to Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Bemidji. In 1957 she married Otto Ringle. They moved to the Twin Cities and she worked for the phone company in downtown St. Paul while her husband went to dental school. Then they moved to Silver Bay where she helped with their apartment rentals. She was active in Sychar Lutheran Church, Mrs. Jaycees, Sweet Adelines, Beta Sigma Phi, women's softball and the Women's Bowling Association. They moved in 1973 when her husband bought two dental practices in Walker. In 1985 they accepted a position as a volunteer dental team on the Amazon River in Brazil, South America. When they returned they purchased a condo in Fountain Hills, where they spent their winters, and continued to spend their summers in Walker.
Survivors include her mother, Walker; her husband; two sons, Franz and Theo, both of Walker; two daughters, Mara Loomis and Sudena Johnson, both of Walker; seven grandchildren; a sister, Dianne Kennedy, Walker; and a brother, Bob Benson, Eagle, Idaho.
Her father and one sister, Doris Henley, died earlier.
Services were held at Hope Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Johnson officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Walker.
Arrangements were with Thomas-Dennis Funeral Home in Walker.
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