Joyce Terry

Joyce Terry

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Joyce Norton Terry, age 81, passed away on August 10, 2020 at the Utah Valley Specialty Hospital after a complicated month that started with a trip to the ER for bowel obstruction. After passing away she was joyfully reunited with her husband, Wayne Taylor Terry who passed away on February 6, 2017.

Joyce was born on April 13, 1939 in Cache Valley, Utah to Vesta Hansen and Marion Norton. At the age of four her family moved to Salt Lake City, Holiday area, where she attended school and graduated in 1957 from Olympus High School.

She studied education at the University of Utah for three and half years. She went on a blind date with Wayne in early 1960 and they were married on August 31 of that same year in the Salt Lake Temple.

Joyce started working to support Wayne in his studies at Brigham Young University. She was a skilled secretary and administrative assistant, working for many companies starting in a government job. She worked for an attorney, US Steel, Ramie Simms, Orem Community Hospital planning office and finished her career at BYU as Department Secretary of Civil Engineering where she worked for 10 years. But her real career and focus was raising her family. The family had moved to Orem in 1974 where they remained and raised their family.

Joyce cherished being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served three full time missions with Wayne, at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, in Kona, Hawaii, and as Family History missionaries in Salt Lake City, Utah. They also served together on the Mount Timpanogos Temple planning committee. She was a faithful ministering sister and always looked for opportunities to serve others.

Friends and family will remember Joyce best for her wonderful laugh, infectious smile, pleasant personality, and the best bottled peaches you’ve ever tasted. She kept a very tidy home and yard and loved working in her rose gardens. Joyce was an excellent seamstress, loved to knit and always had a craft project in progress. She loved to keep busy! She also loved chocolate, Diet Pepsi, stuffed animals and the comics.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her brothers, Robert Norton, Arizona and DeLoy (Linda) Norton, Utah. Her children, Steve (Alicia) Terry, Orem, Jennifer (David) Mortenson, Highland and six grandchildren, Nicholas, Joshua, Spencer, Cole, Ashley and Cortland.

Joyce spent her last three years living at Highland Glen Senior Living in Highland, Utah where she made many wonderful friends. Some of them worked there, some of them lived there and some of them were her visiting care providers. The family is very grateful for the blessings these people and all other associations brought into her life.

Flowers may be delivered to Walker Sanderson Funeral Home of Provo, 85 East 300 South, Provo.

There will be Graveside services Friday, August 14, 2020, 1:00 p.m., at the Payson City Cemetery, 805 East 400 North, Payson, Utah 84651. A live webcast will be available by clicking on "Live Webcast" on the Walker Sanderson website homepage.

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  • Graveside Service

    Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Friday, August 14th, 2020 1:00pm
    Payson City Cemetery
    805 East 400 North
    Payson, UT 84651
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    Current COVID guidelines followed.


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Roland K Monson

Posted at 04:27pm
We love the Terri‘s and Joyce was the center of that home! What a wonderful woman. It was a privilege to know her and her faithfulness to her husband, her family and to the church. We now pray for her children in her absence till we meet again! May the Lord bless you always!
Love, Kay and Sheryl Monson

Nora Bishop

Posted at 11:47am
Sending love and condolences to the Terry family. It was fun getting to know Joyce as a visiting teacher for a time. She always had a smile on her face and a story to tell. The example of Joyce and Wayne's missionary service is admirable. We are grateful for the chance to have known them.

Nora and Clark Bishop

Mari Ivie

Posted at 03:01pm
I met Joyce while attending the U of Utah. We were both in Lamba Delta Sigma, the LDS social organization. I appreciated her friendliness, and the ease and pleasure of conversations with her made her an unforgettable friend. About 12 years later, I met her when her daughter, Jennifer, and my son, Richard, were both admitted into the BYU Preschool program. We formed a car pool, and re-connected. Through the years, I appreciated Joyce and Wayne and learned much from their example. For a time, I was Joyce's visiting teacher. Joyce befriended my son-in-law, Eric Dixon, when she was office manager of the Civil Engineering Dept at BYU. Then came such a gift of Wayne's service to do some volunteer vocational counseling at Mountainland Applied Technology College. When Wayne and Joyce served a mission in Salt Lake City, Joyce entered all the temple dedicatory prayers into the Church system. Wayne did extensive research and publishing of the Church History in Mexico; early missionary efforts. He recorded and digitized early missionary journals. In this research, he was inspired to seek posterity of James Zebulon Stewart, one of the earliest Mormon missionaries to Mexico. He discovered that I was James Zebulon Stewart's great granddaughter. I was so busy working full time and with family, I did not get involved. He brought over a thick (about 4") stack of neatly typed manuscript of the journal entries of the early Mormon missionaries to Mexico. When I retired, my siblings became interested in our Stewart ancestors. I got down the stack of papers from the top of the closet, read and read and realized what a great and wonderful gift this was. I also realized that Wayne and Joyce had paid for the photocopy of all this valuable history for ME. So I visited Joyce in the care center in American Fork, and paid her $50.oo for the photo copy. I made copies for my siblings and wrote the life history in a rhyme and set it to music on the Uke and have taught it to my grandchildren.
Ray and I visited them when Wayne and Joyce were at the Polynesian Cultural Center. We attended church with them and were so impressed with the spirited singing of the Polynesian saints. The Terrys were very gracious hosts. It was a highlight of our visit to Hawaii.
Jennifer was in the same mission as my nephew, David Jeremy Coombs. Jennifer had a child in the Knowledge Bowl tournament, which I attended because one of my grandchildren was in the same tournament.
I have wonderful memories of Joyce and Wayne Terry and their family. What special people! I am grateful for you.

WAyne and Joyce were always advocates for Ray and me. They gave wise counsel, extended invitations to every neighborhood gathering..... last time, we ate dinner in their spotless clean, neat, organized garage.... so typical of them.

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