Joyce in Sepia, Colorized
Joyce Barley Andersen
  • 87 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 10, 1926
  • Place of birth:
    Great Falls, Montana, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 4, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Peace Hospice in Great Falls, Montana, United States
Beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister and piano teacher. We love you forever, beautiful, loving, fun, adventurous, musical soul!

Our tears are the measure of our joy and love and when they fill up our well, we will drink again our joy and love.

Please click on the "Her Life" tab above to view mom's Eulogy and Obit. We would really appreciate it if you would leave your thoughts in the Tributes section below and more lengthy memories under the "Stories" tab.

What a smile!  More pictures will be added as I have the time to scan and post them.


Note to mom on Mother's Day 2008:

There truly is no greater gift than being loved. It seems consistent in the adults I meet, those loved as children lead mostly happy lives regardless of what they encounter, those lacking in love are plagued with troubles. Feeling love creates the foundation for forming loving relationships throughout life. I cannot imagine a life devoid of love. I cannot even imagine a life not completely filled with love.

I believe you, my beloved mother, are the wellspring from which all the love in my life is derived. Your love sheltered me emotionally just as much as you took on the responsibility for my physical well being. Your love let me know I would always be safe no matter what happened. Your love made me see myself as so much more than any mistakes I made. Your love often lifted me to feel like the brightest shining star, a super nova! Your love assured me I would never be alone. Your love led me to see the world as being full of love, hope and goodness.

My most fervent hope is for you to feel the love I offer in return in equal measure. It is the only way I know how to fully thank you for always being steadfast and generous in your love and care for me.

Okay, so I’m not a poet, thank heavens you already knew that. Reading this I laugh because it sounds like I’m writing a technical computer manual or something like that (go figure!). But I don’t care if I sound sappy, maudlin or corny, you are my dear sweet mama. The best mom in the whole world (at least for me, which is all that matters). You give me great Joy, both in my name and in my life.

All my love, Ronelle Joy

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by RONELLE JOY KOLOHE MAKALEA MELEKAI (ARMSTRONG) on 5th October 2017

"Can't believe you've been gone for 4 years.  I miss you so much.  I love you forever with all my heart.  Please give my daddy a kiss for me, I've had to miss him for such a very long time...and thank him for all the letters he wrote you (literally around 400) and thank you for saving them for me to read!"

This tribute was added by RONELLE JOY KOLOHE MAKALEA MELEKAI (ARMSTRONG) on 10th August 2016

"Thinking of you mamma on what would have been your 90th birthday.  I miss you so very much!!!"

This tribute was added by Judy Hiatt on 24th October 2013

"Dear Viggo, Ronelle, and family,
I know how much dear, sweet Joyce will be missed! I got to know Joyce from singing in the CUMC choir with her. My most recent memory was from a visit to Joyce in the hospital a few days before she died. I told her the choir and I were all pulling for her. She opened her eyes and said "You're not pulling hard enough!""

This tribute was added by Stan Meyer on 21st October 2013

"Dear Viggo and Family,
Jane and I extend our deepest sympathy.  Shocking to see that this happy friend is gone.
In the late 1950s we became friends of Joyce and Ron while in a young couple's group at First Meth.  In recent years, we often saw her and Viggo at the church we share.  Viggo, my heart  aches for you.  Stan"

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