The David LaVoie Family came together April 14 to honor Joyce for her 80th birthday, which was Aptil 17.
All of her children were there. Jack and Kathy Collins came from Remer, Minn., to join all the others from Oregon: Ted LaVoie of Monmouth; Pastor Steve and Merrilou Gilmore of Enterprise; Joe and "Dy" LaVoie of Philomath; Sharon LaVoie of Salem; Jeff and Darlene Strand of Aumsville; Patty Hurst of Dallas; and Don and Brenda LaVoie of Dallas.
Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also present.
The 40 or so family members gathered at the family home on Kerber Road to celebrate with Joyce and David.
Even the garage was filled with tables and chairs for the potluck birthday dinner.
Three birthday cakes were served, and the celebration included tributes and remembrances by family members. A fun day was had by all.
Sam Guida who had back surgery on April 12. He was able to return home on April 14.
At the worship service April 15 at Pedee Evangelical Church, Pastor Lonnie Burbank reminded all the Thursday, May 3, is National Day of Prayer.
Aaron Burbank was ill, which resulted in no adult Sunday School class.
"Happy Birthday" was sung honoring Pam Burbank, Joyce LaVoie and Dave Burbank, who all had April 17 birthdays.
Pam's son and wife, Jon and Maiya Burbank of Portland, were guests.
Joyce's daughter, Merrilou Gilmore of Enterprise, is spending several days with David and Joyce.
At prayer time, Pat Lyday said the doctors still have not found the cause of the illness of her brother, Eugene Burbank of Las Vegas.
The pastor's message, "Behold, the Lamb," was accompanied by a scripture reading of John 29-37: Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb of God, took our place and died for us.