Joyce Baggerly

Joyce Baggerly

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Joyce Ann Baggerly
July 3, 1940 - November 17, 2020

Joyce Ann Baggerly died on November 17, 2020, at the age of 80 years. She was born in Evansville, Indiana, on 3 Jul 1940, the oldest of four daughters of E. Ford and Jean Boyd Baggerly. She lived in Indiana, Kentucky, Florida, Virginia, South Carolina and Utah during her lifetime. She joined the U.S. Marine Corps when she was eighteen and left after seven years with two years of college. She finished her college degree at BYU, graduating in 1970 with a BA in History. Family History was the great avocation of her life and she spent many happy hours tracing family members and placing them firmly within her family structure.
Joyce converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 20, and served in many callings with her favorite being Visiting Teaching.

In 2002 she retired after working for nearly 26 years at BYU, where she loved to mentor students and help faculty. She spent the last years of her life writing about family and her life, completing 2 books.

She is survived by her beloved daughter, Cassandra Chelsea Baggerly, of Provo, two sisters, Linda Cason, Davie, Florida and Cathy Williams, Plantation, Florida, as well as one niece and six nephews, and three great nephews and six great nieces. She was proceeded in death by her parents, one sister, Carol Baggerly Lawrence, and one nephew, Richard Wayne Lawrence, Jr.

Joyce loved her family, her friends and her community fiercely. She was someone who could be depended on for a listening ear, a helping hand and a willing heart. Joyce found her home among the Utah mountains and the people they surrounded. She will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only close family will be in physical attendance. Please do join the family via Zoom at that 1:00 p.m. to remember Joyce. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your local food bank in memory of Joyce.

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    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 1:00pm
    LDS Church
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Tiffany Morgan

Posted at 12:54am
Joyce was a amazing soul that helped me feel welcome and loved when I moved to the neighborhood on 2004. I enjoyed her friendship and wisdom- she will be missed.

Cindy Richards

Posted at 08:44pm
It was fun, comforting, educational, and a privilege to be Joyce's friend. We were friends before and after my 12 years of service on the Provo City Municipal Council. She taught me so much, just by sharing her experiences, opinions, and perceptions. Anyone who knows and loves her should know that she single-handedly directed millions, and I mean millions, of dollars to help folks become homeowners. I had made the proposal and with others had nurtured it through the many processes. Part of our proposal contained financial incentives to attract and retain homeowners in the Pioneer Neighborhoods. It was almost a full year in the making when it came to the night of the final vote of the Municipal Council. All the information and processes had been presented by the Director of the Redevelopment Agency. We were told this would be akin to "turning a big ship, a very big ship" if the Municipal Council Voted for it. Many people were skeptical. With 7 Council members, the vote looked split - 3 to 3 at best, with one member that I thought for sure would never swing for it. It's time for public input, and after a few comments, up comes Joyce to the Mic. She shows a picture of her daughter and explains a little bit about her background and the adoption process. Joyce was told that stability was a paramount need of children - and that homeownership would be an important and necessary step in their lives. Joyce was renting at the time and had "no idea" how she was going to find the money or a way to become a homeowner. She then told us about how one day, seemingly out of the blue, an envelope appeared - containing $5,000 anonymously donated to her toward purchasing a home. Her great voice, her cheerful, sincere, warm, and clear description of this experience was so powerful, so moving and so compelling that the person next to me, the one that I thought was a for sure 'no' vote, leaned over to me and said: "I'm in, let's do this!". From there on out, for 10 years, these wonderful people and neighborhoods enjoyed a renewal of their community -- and Joyce was right there for years to come in the decision processes of the Central Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinating Committee. By 2010 about 400 new owner-occupants came to our neighborhoods, which in turn gave hundreds of folks reason to stay and reinvest in these neighborhoods. Countless people have been blessed by Joyce Baggerly and her intelligence, her wisdom, her service, her humor, and her deep love and loyalty. Joyce's boundless energy reminds me of my husband's grandfather who has been quoted to say: “If there’s any truth to the words of the song that there’s sweet, sweet rest in heaven,’ I’m going to ask to be routed the other way.” So Joyce, I know you're busy and very very happy. YOU, my friend, are a great soul!

Bruce Young

Posted at 02:40pm
I knew Joyce as BYU's English Department secretary during the first 18 or 19 years of my career in that department. Besides seeing her occasionally after that, I've seen a good deal of her during the past few years when I've visited Valley Villa apartments, where she lived and where I have other friends. I'm glad to report that she was the same old Joyce I knew before: feisty and outspoken, as others have noted, but also delightfully entertaining. What some might have found off-putting in her style never was for me. Besides the benefit of always knowing what she really thought about any topic she commented on, I felt behind everything she said and did, even when she was at her feistiest and even when she was indignant about something that deserved her indignation, a deep spirit of friendliness and goodwill. Added to that was her sense of humor and the sense that she saw the world as a strange and wonderful (and sometimes awful) place that we can handle if we just look at it straight in the face. Like many, many others, I will greatly miss her.

Jill Terry Rudy

Posted at 09:35am
Sad, and surprising, news to learn of Joyce's passing. I never thought of her not being with us here on this earth, an ongoing and indomitable force for good. So grateful for her years blessing those of us associated with the BYU English department.

Karen Pierotti

Posted at 09:13pm
Joyce will always be remembered as strong and outspoken, especially when she perceived wrongs. She was a staunch and supportive friend, and yet she was filled with lovingkindness. Her faith was not passive, but she put into action her belief in doing God’s will. The scripture from Matthew (“you were a stranger and you took me in”) sums up Joyce’s dynamic love for her Savior and for people in her life.
She loved Cassie very much, wanting always the best for her. Joyce had a strong sense of family both here and beyond the veil. She talked a lot about them.
We were both family historians and would spend hours talking about our frustrations when we hit roadblocks (or when people changed things on FamilySearch!) and excitement in finding new relatives. We were kindred spirits in using correct sources and doing research.
Joyce was a wonderful storyteller and had many stories about her family, especially her memories of Shady Grove. She had a delightful sense of humor and really made those stories come alive. Like her ancestors, she survived hardships and that gave her grit and determinations to overcome obstacles. She wrote a family history and articles for family history and genealogy journals, especially in Indiana. Joyce not only celebrated the talents of a poet-ancestor, but was a talented writer in her own right. She wrote screenplays and was in the process of writing a Regency romance trilogy and we’d swop manuscripts.
It was a shock to hear of her passing, but I’m glad she passed peacefully and quickly. Even in death she was decisive. I can imagine her saying, “I’m ready to go now.” I can also imagine Joyce meeting loved ones who had already passed on, and even getting to know those she found through family history. There is a big welcome for her there though she leaves us behind.
Joyce leaves a huge gap in my life and a hole in my heart. We’d known each other for over 30 years and I could always count on her for a listening ear. I will miss her dreadfully.

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