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Joyce Bailey ~ Oct. 14, 1934 – Jan. 26, 2013

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 30th, 2013

Joyce Bailey

Joyce Bailey, 78, died in Idaho Falls, Idaho on Jan. 26, 2013.

She was born Oct. 14, 1934, in Colby, Wisc., to Alvin and Theresa Foster. She was the youngest of 17 children. She married the love of her life, Lloyd Bailey, 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 participated in guiding many children through their first communion. She took pleasure in the outdoors, and spent endless hours gardening. She also enjoyed camping and rides in the mountains.

Joyce could often be found enjoying time with her two loveable cats, Seal and Nettie. She was a devoted Green Bay Packers fan and rarely missed a game. Above all else, Joyce loved her family. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joyce’s love and generosity toward her family and toward 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, giving support to those in need. She continued this commitment to helping others while working at the Wyoming State Hospital until her retirement.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Theresa Foster; her husband, Lloyd; 13 brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by a sister, Jane Walsh; daughters Colleen (Larry) Schoengarth, of Fort Bridger, Peggy Akin, of Blackfoot, Idaho, Kitty (Preston) Vercimak, of Lyman, Mary Bailey, of Evanston; and Karen Bailey (John Orose), of Idaho Falls, Idaho; son John Bailey, of Evanston; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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 in the Fort Bridger Cemetery.

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