Joyce Elaine Berg Jensen

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On Feb. 23, 2018, “an angel in the shape of our Mom”, picked up her wings and took off to her ultimate and divine destination. 

Joyce Elaine Berg Jensen entered this life on June 28, 1927 welcomed by her loving parents Peter and Grace Berg, brother Marvin and sister Doris in Frederick, South Dakota.  A joyful dynamo from the beginning, she blessed all those she met, entertained, counseled, taught, comforted and loved.

Her childhood years were spent in Frederick and Butler, South Dakota.  Raised by a farming family during the great depression, she developed her basic tenets of hard work, gratitude, faith and charity. Sharing what they had, she and her Mother would make sandwiches and wait at the train tracks to share with the homeless passing by.  Even though provisions were sometimes slim, her life was abundant with love.

After high school graduation in 1945, she attended Northern State Teacher’s College where she attained a degree in elementary education.

During this time, she met her beloved, Richard Jensen. He was smitten from the start and they were married on June 6, 1948.  They enjoyed dancing, golf and spending time with their extended families but most of  all, each other.  They always held hands….always. They made their home in Webster, South Dakota with their son Richard Jr. and daughter Kathleen joining the family.

Taking an enormous leap of faith, in 1956 they left behind everything  they knew for the great adventure of relocating to Cody, Wyoming. Their daughter Lucille arrived in 1960 and with addition of Schultz, the dachshund, the family was complete.

Life in Cody was a full and happy one. She substitute taught in the Cody Schools but raising her three children was her priority.

Joyce enjoyed her neighbors and the kitchen was usually full of the cheerful chatter of friends, enjoying her culinary treats! She cultivated prolific flower gardens and the house was perfumed with her peonies and roses.  The Methodist Church was an integral part of her life and she was a vital part of the choir, circle and congregation.

Packing up the family and the little trailer “Happy Note” for weekly camping adventures was one of her great joys.   With the arrival of granddaughters Shaun and Jenny, she wore the treasured crown of Grandma and she loved them beyond measure. 

Later in life, Joyce spread her professional wings and attained her Real Estate License. She was nicknamed “mighty mite” by her coworkers as she was always flitting about like a hummingbird from showings to the office and closings with seemingly endless vitality! After seven successful years as an agent, she retired to return fulltime to Richard’s side.

The best part of Joyce was “everything”!  She always saw the joy and the best in others.  Everyone was graced with her respect and she made each one feel important. Her smile was pure sunshine and her laugh was infectious. She was Richard’s great love and steadfast companion during their entire life through his illness and death in 2010.  She was the giver of life to her children and an exquisite example of how to live it. The world will not nearly as bright without our brilliant beacon.

Joyce is survived by her beloved children, son Richard Jensen of Eau Claire Wisconsin, daughters Kathleen Baber of Missoula, Montana and Lucille Jensen of Joliet Montana, cherished granddaughters Shaun Baber of Seattle, Washington and Jenny Baber Boreson of Kalispell, Montana. She is also survived by her dear sister Doris Evenson of Rogers, Minnesota and well loved numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held in the spring when the grass is green and the sun warms the earth to which she will be returned. 

“Spread your wings as you go,

When God takes you back he’ll say,

Hallelujah……’re Home!”