Joyce Laverne Anderson
Joyce Laverne Anderson left to be with her Lord and Savior on November 6th, 2021 as the result of a stroke. She was one month shy of her 94th birthday. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Douglas, her oldest son Larry, her youngest son Allen, and her great-grandson Tucker. She is survived by her younger brother Milton Larsen, sister Judi Wunch, daughter Jeanie, her son David as well as six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Joyce possessed a kind and gentle soul, along with a strong fortitude and intense determination to live each day to the fullest.
She lived her last 66 years in the house she and her husband built themselves in the spring of 1955. She and Doug along with their four kids, (10, 8, 2 and a newborn at the time) made that house a wonderful home. Joyce’s life revolved around her husband and kids. When her youngest entered the fifth grade she took a job at Bornstein's Seafood to supplement the family’s income. Through it all, she stayed very involved with the kids' school activities, never missing an event from band, choir, or sports, or a play.
When the house was cleared of kids, she and Doug enjoyed many years of traveling with friends from their past. She was reunited with her love of music on these trips, where she enjoyed playing the piano and keyboard at many fairs, dances, and retirement locations as they would snowbird in Yuma, Arizona. As that chapter of her life came to a close she made music a part of her daily activities, even giving a couple of performances at the local VFW at the age of 90.
The last three years of her life were as full as the first 90, just a bit different. She would do her gardening (much to the delight of the rabbits, deer, birds, and any other critters in the area), play the piano, enjoy reading, visit with whoever might stop by, trying new foods like bok choy, and sewing. She completed her latest project just a week before her stroke.
Although the majority of her friends have gone before her, Joyce will be greatly missed by those from younger generations who were fortunate enough to have crossed her path.
Joyce was a special friend in
Joyce was a special friend in our life. Vonnie and Joyce sang in the choir at St. John's Church many many years ago, where we became friends, then when Doug retired, they headed to Yuma, where we also started going after Dan retired and remained friends there as well, with them being a part of our group that got together for birthdays and different celebrations. When away from family, we became family there. We so enjoyed their friendship and then it was just Joyce after Doug passed away. When in Yuma the 3 of us, (sometimes 5) would get together each week, to have dinner or dessert together, but it was to play Round Rummy. She loved to play cards and we would also share books or go shopping or have dinner out at restaurants. She was 13 years older than Vonnie, but she was a good sport to do anything. Her obit said it all, she loved to be in her yard, working on any nice day there was and when we didn't get her on the phone, figured that is where she would be. She was a very special lady, and a good example as to how to live your life in many ways. We will have so many great memories and can look forward to seeing her again someday when we all get to heaven! Our prayers, hugs and love go out to all of her family. May you be blessed with God's love!!
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