Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother, Joyce Louise Anderson Murray, passed away Sunday, February 25th, 2024, in her home surrounded by her family.

Joyce was born November 17th, 1937, in Logan Utah, to Nephi and Ellen Monson Anderson. Joyce was the oldest in a family of three children. Her family resided in Millville.

Joyce was a graduate of South Cache High School. She completed two years at Utah State Unversity and graduated from the LDS Institute.

She met her forever sweetheart, Don, on a blind date, when her boyfriend at the time went home to see his family. They were later married on September 10th, 1958, in the Logan LDS Temple. Together they had three children. They enjoyed many trips together across North America. One of her most special memories was a trip to Seattle with her sister in 2005, to see her daughter Laura. Her son-in-law Curt took them through the Seattle Airport Control Tower. She loved hearing about the air traffic system from a female controller who had no problem telling pilots where to go. She worked for Cache County School District for 30 years. Retiring in 1998.

For the first ten years of her life, Joyce’s parents spoke Swedish at home because her grandmother lived with them and did not speak English. On March 14, 1945, her parents were sealed in the Logan LDS temple. Joyce and her sister Jean were sealed to their parents, and brother Don was born a year later.

She was really good at math. She made sure her kids, grandkids, and even the great grandkids could count money and give correct change. All her grandkids have boxes of notes from her and a supply of two dollar bills.

Joyce was always thoughtful and caring of other people. She was quick to recognize the exceptional accomplishments of others by sending notes and post cards to them. When she met someone, she got their whole life story and remembered all the details when she saw them again. She made homemade bread for her neighbors. In fact, up until two months ago, Joyce would call her great granddaughter, Tessa Ivory, to come to her house to make bread. Tessa would take the fresh loaves of bread to the neighbors.

Joyce is survived by son Tom (Paula) Murray, two daughters Laura (Curtis) Howe and Betty Wilkins, sisters-in-law; Cathy Anderson, Joann (Don) Beckstead, Karleen Cazier, and numerous very special grandchildren, great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, all of which loved her very much.

She was proceeded in death by her husband of 63 years, Donald Larsen Murray, parents Nephi and Ellen Anderson, sister and brother-in-law Jean (Gordon) Parker, brother Don Anderson, brother-in-law Bob Cazier, son-in-law Donald Wilkins, granddaughter Amanda Howe, and great grandsons Ramie and Rylan Murray.

Joyce’s family would like to say thank you to all the wonderful caregivers of the Intermountain Healthcare Hospice team for taking such great care of her. Especially Rohn Larsen, Taft Whale, her aide Annie, and Social Worker Hannah Miller.

A graveside service will be held on March 29th, 2024, at 11 AM at the Richmond Cemetery.

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