She was considered the glue of Pierce County’s Croatian community. She helped the Town of Ruston reclaim its only school. And at one time, she was believed to be among the longest consecutively elected officials in Washington.
Mary Krilich Joyce, a wife of 56 years, mother to six children and a former Ruston Town Council member for 38 years, died of natural causes Wednesday. She was 83.
“Mom was a trailblazer who tolerated no resistance from anyone based on her gender,” her oldest son, Stephen Joyce, said Thursday. “She wasn’t a feminist out there burning a bra, she just knew …