Joyce Bailey, 78, died in Idaho Falls, Idaho on Saturday, Jan. 26.
She was born Oct. 14, 1934, in Colby, Wis., to Alvin and Theresa Foster. She was the youngest of 17 children.
She met the love of her life, Lloyd Bailey while singing “Danny Boy” at a local pub. He was heard to say “that’s the girl I’m going to marry, and they were married on Feb. 27, 1952. They enjoyed 40 years together and raised six children.
Joyce as an active member of the Catholic Church, and spent many years teaching catechism and enthusiastically guiding young children through their First Communion.
She took pleasure in the outdoors and spent endless hours gardening for which she won the Green Thumb award on several occasions. She also enjoyed camping and rides in the mountains.
Joyce’s could often be found spoiling her two cherished cats, Seal and Nettie. She was a devoted Green Bay Packers fanatic and rarely missed a game. Above all else, Joyce loved her family. She delighted in spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joyce’s love and generosity towards her family and towards others was unparalleled. This was evident in her determination to overcome her own trials and to help others succeed in their recovery by devoting years of her life to SWARA. She continued this commitment of helping others while working at the Wyoming State Hospital until her retirement.
Joyce is survived by a sister, Jane Walsh; daughters: Colleen (Larry) Schoengarth, Fort Bridger; Peggy Akin, Blackfoot, Idaho; Kitty (Preston) Vercimak, Lyman; Mary Bailey, Evanston; Karen Bailey (John Orose) Idaho Fall, Idaho; and son, John Bailey, Evanston; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Theresa Foster; her husband, Lloyd; 13 brothers and two sisters.
A rosary and viewing will be held at 7 p.m. today, Feb. 1, at Crandall Funeral Home in Evanston. An additional viewing will be held At St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Fort Bridger on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m.
Interment will be at the Fort Bridger Cemetery immediately following the funeral.
Local arrangements are being handled by Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.buckmillerhann.com.
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