Joyce Polly (Torsen) Kuder was born on July 22, 1949, in Kodiak, to Bill and Beryl (Butler) Torsen. She came a few seconds behind her twin brother, Bill; her mother said years later that both babies cried all the way home on the little plane to Ouzinkie. The twins grew up on Spruce Island and attended the two-room school up until grade 6; the family then moved to Kodiak, where Bill and Joyce attended middle and high school.
After graduation in 1967, Joyce married Lloyd Fuller and remained in Kodiak for several years, working at Sutliff’s and giving birth to daughter Amber. Following the breakup of her marriage, she and Amber lived briefly in Anchorage and Juneau and finally settled in Cordova, where she met and married Vern Kuder. The marriage created a blended family including Vern’s two children, Lorrie and Darryn.
Joyce spent many happy and productive years in the small fishing town. She worked at Seaman’s Hardware and eventually she and Vern opened and operated The Barn and Udder Inn, a combination convenience store and B&B. She also kept very busy with the Women of the Moose and American Legion Auxiliary and commercial fished for salmon with Vern from May – September, along with helping him to build fiberglass boats. She loved to keep track of the Nenana Ice Break and the famous Iditarod (she loved dogs), and also enjoyed wine, weather-enthusiast, scratch tickets, and flowers. She helped or contributed to many organizations.
With the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, The Barn’s business steadily declined, and Joyce & Vern sold the store. Joyce spent her last several years with Amber and her family in Hoquiam, WA. She suffered from COPD and passed away of pneumonia on Nov. 1, 2017.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents William and Beryl Torsen, and step-son Darryn Kuder. She leaves daughter Amber Eaton (Tim), grandchildren Katerina & Diamon, brother Bill Torsen (Julie), and several cousins and nieces.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the 2×2 Cancer Walk of Cordova.
All friends are invited to attend the Celebration of Life Potluck at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at the Cordova Moose Lodge.