1937 - 2003
From the Class of 1955 Yearbook: "Easy going and friendly well-describe Joy who always had a friendly 'hi' for her acquaintances at Blingum. She was active in the Latin Club, A.G.S. Hospitality Committee, Pep Club, After-School Swimming, A.G.S. Big 'n Little Sisters, and the Y "
Dale Joy Singer was born July 9, 1937 in San Francisco CA. She attended Our Lady of Angels and Roosevelt Grammar Schools in Burlingame CA and was a graduate of the Burlingame High School Class of 1955.
Joy married Franklin 'Buz' Wade Edwards in 1958. They had three children: a daughter and two sons. Those children produced three granddaughters and two grandsons. Joy lived in many cities all over the United States while her husband was in the Air Force.
She finally settled in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle). In 1989 Joy was married to Charles 'Chuck' Gorham and they settled in a beautiful new home on 40 acres in Tonasket, a community in North Central Washington, 23 miles south of the Canadian border.
Joy loved life and was a very creative person. She loved color, which was reflected in her clothing and painting. She was a talented painter and an avid gardener and reader. She was a wonderful free-spirited woman with a love for life. She was very outgoing and enjoyed meeting new friends and acquaintances.
Joy's husband, Chuck, her three children and their spouses, along with her five grandchildren were the love of her life. Her friends - and there were many - were also a special part of her life. Joy is also survived by her sister, Sandra (Singer) Waterman.
Joy died of a severe stroke on March 21, 2003. She truly touched all those close to her; she will be missed by us all.
(Editor's Note: this biographical sketch was written by Joy's sister, Sandra, who graduated with the BHS Class of 1953. Ms. Waterman currently serves on the Board of Directors of the BHS Alumni Association.)