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February 27, 2015
Hi Mom,
It's hard to believe it has been two years since you left such an emptiness in my heart. I see your picture here and I smile right back at you. I never knew what a powerful impact you had on my life until I catch myself doing, saying, wearing, buying or cooking something you would have. It always me grin and think, "that's something mom would have done." It also makes me pause and realize how much I miss you and how much you meant to me.
It also makes me proud to be your daughter.
I love you mom. Wish you were here.
xoxo Patty
February 27, 2015
Mom - it's been two years, and I've missed you every one one of those 730 days since you left us. I look at the picture of you gazing at the lake and it speaks of the peace of the water and the happiness of any one of your children, who at one time or another, sat with you on your deck, shared a glass of wine, listened to the birds chirp, and waited for the loons to swim by. You were the best mom!
February 27, 2015
Mom, two years have gone by and it still hurts so much. Our family is growing and everyone is doing well but it's not the same. I miss you and want to talk to you so bad at times. I just want to hear you say goodnight Hon again. I hope you know the impact you had on my life and I hope your proud of me because you made me the woman I am today. I just sang You are my Sunshine to Reagan while rocking her and I could still here you singing it to Kelly. I promise your memories will live on. I love you Mom and always will. Lauren
November 27, 2014
It's Thanksgiving and I am having a mom moment. I remember our Thanksgivings as a family especially the last one at Genes. No one could make stuffing or Apple pie like you could. I miss you mom. Not just today but everyday. I am so thankful for all the years we had together.
November 17, 2014
Mom. Winter has arrived . I am happy that you no longer have to endure it. I would however have snow year round if only we could be together again! You are missed everyday! Love Gene
August 10, 2014
Mom - Happy belated birthday in heaven. Had the grandkids here for the past few days and read them the book "Love You Forever." Had tears in my eyes. Could hardly finish it because it made me think so much of you. I will "love you forever" mom. Sue
August 07, 2014
Mom happy birthday your new yard is looking good! Love you always. Gene
August 07, 2014
Happy Birthday dear lady.
You are and always will be
"forever in my heart".
Love and miss you, Patty
August 06, 2014
Happy Birthday to my Mother who also happened to be my best friend. I miss you so much everyday. I feel so blessed to have had you in my life. Time is not making it any easier.
August 06, 2014
Mom - It's your birthday today. You left us a year and a half ago and I still miss you every single day. Love always......
April 27, 2014
The loons came back today Mom. Their beauty and grace once again made me think of you. You are so very missed. Love Lauren
April 01, 2014
Mom, you and Dad were always there to LIGHT the way for all of us! Thanks! Love always Gene
April 01, 2014
Mother looking out the window at the beautiful sunshine and you filled my thoughts! I am enjoying retirement wishing that I could be with you working on your house and yard I liked watching you smile with pride as we finished a project I will visit you soon as the road is now open. I love you my sweet lady Gene
February 27, 2014
Hi Mom,
I am having a hard time finding the words to tell you how much I miss you and our special times together. I have had a year to think about the many ways you impacted my life and made me who I am today. I knew you as a proud, strong, independant woman who raised 6 kids and was never afraid to follow her convictions. Because of you, I try harder and push myself to the limit, I don't do anything unless I give it my best shot. I try to always be fair, kind and loving. I take pride in myself and my family, and like you; would do anything for them. You were always there for us in your quiet ways and sometimes not so quiet ways. You put your children back together when they were broken. It was the best gift you ever gave us. I promise, we will NEVER break again.

I remember you saying "it doesn't matter how old your children are, you never stop loving them or worrying about them." That was so evident in those final days with you in the hospital. You gave us everything you had until your final breath. You were strong to the end. I am so proud to be your daughter. I love you mom. Keep watch over us because we still need you.
You are "forever in my heart". xoxoPatty
February 27, 2014
Mom - I can't believe that it has been one year since you left us. I think back on the way you brought us all up, the very young girl from North Dakota, and I am so proud of what you accomplished. I look back at pictures and wonderful memories flood back of my childhood. You were always there for your family. I know that you are still taking care of us, but in a better place. I miss you every single day. Love always...
February 27, 2014
Mom - I miss you. One year ago we lost you. I know you left us for something better, as you had spent your last years without the independence and health that you were always so proud of. It was hard for us to lose you month by month, day by day, but it was so much harder to watch you as you lost yourself. I miss you. We, your children, talk about you often. How could we not. You were our dear mom and you were our center for so many years. We miss you. I imagine how you are smiling now, walking without help, spending time with those who went before you, and keeping a watch on your evergrowing family here on earth. I love you. Thank you for loving me. I miss you. Sue
February 27, 2014
Mom, today is the one year mark since you left us. I think of you always and I miss you as much now as I did a year ago. You were my person. You always had advice or a way to make me feel better when I had a problem. There are so many people in my life that I love and can count on, but you were different. We helped each other. I can still see you sitting by Kelly's bed. I think you were Kelly's person too. I can hear you saying goodbye Hon on the nights that you were feeling good. You made an impact on my life and the lives of your kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren.Your memory will live on and we will make sure every new baby knows about grandma Joyce.All I have left to say is Goodbye Hon! I will miss and love you forever. You will always be my Sunshine.Love, Lauren
February 19, 2014
Mom it's been a year today that I spent that night with you. You were so relieved when I said I would stay. There is no place I would have rather been then at your side.its almost been a year and I'm still crying. I miss you with all my heart and I always will. I Love you Mom. Laurie
August 07, 2013
Hi mom,

Happy Birthday a day late. I spent your day reflecting on our family and what a role you played keeping us together up to the day you died. There are no words to tell you how much love and respect I have for you.

I miss you sweet lady. I have the necklace with your thumb print on it. Some days I think I will wear the imprint off it as I am constantly touching it. It brings me comfort.

Can't believe a year ago we were all gathered to celebrate you. I still celebrate you, only differently. You are "forever in my heart". xoxo
August 06, 2013
Mom - Miss you today on your birthday and every other day as well. I look at last year's birthday picture often and remember how we were all together celebrating with you. What a difference a year makes. :( Love you always and forever! Sue
August 06, 2013
happy Birthday to you my beautiful Mother. I think of you so many times each day and it doesn't seem to be getting easier. I miss you with all of my heart. I talk about you a lot to Kelly and the Grandkids and I will never let them forget what you meant to us all.I will carry you with me always. I love you so much. I hope your smiling on your special day. love forever, Laurie
August 06, 2013
How strange it feels not to be able to call you up and say "Happy Birthday, Mom, I'll be up to see you this weekend. It's been such a hard year since February. We all miss you so very, very much. Love you, Marilyn
May 12, 2013
Happy Mothers Day Mom. So strange not to have our annual spring clean up day at your house. I loved being there with you and all of my siblings as we helped make your yard the showplace
you were so proud of. Can't believe one year ago we were doing just that.
I had a cardinal come visit me this morning. Perfect timing for Mothers Day. Sure made me think of you.
I hope you are enjoying sunshine,the fragrance of roses and a calmness that can only be found at nightfall on the lake. That sounds like heaven to me.
Wish we could have one more of those nights on the lake. I miss you mom. You are forever in my heart. Love, Patty
May 12, 2013
Our first Mother's Day without our mom. How strange not to be planning on working in your yard planting all the beautiful flowers you loved. It helps us to know that you are having a wonderful Mother's Day in heaven and the flowers that surround you there are unbelievable! Love always....
May 12, 2013
It's Mother's Day and I miss being able to share this day with you. You were are a wonderful, special mom and we were lucky to have you for as long as we did. Happy 1st Mother's Day in heaven. Love you! Sue
May 11, 2013
it's my first Mothers Day without you. I miss you with all of my heart and I wish I could tell you what you meant to me one more time. You were the best Mother and my best friend and it is so lonely without you. I will forever be grateful to be your daughter. I love you Mom and I hope you have a glorious Mothers Day in Heaven. Love, Laurie
April 20, 2013
Mother, Missing you is not getting easier. But the great memories are all coming back! Love Gene
March 30, 2013

Just seeing your smile in this photo makes me so unbearably lonesome for you. I never know when or why but there are moments when the loss of you is so monumental I don't know if I will ever get over this emptyness in my heart.

Maybe it is because Easter is tomorrow. Our first holiday without you. Or maybe it is because its Spring and the flowers will soon be budding. I hate the thought that you will be not be here to tend the gardens that you so dearly loved. We will bring many of your plantings to Island City to create Joyce's Garden but it won't be the same. I would like to bring some to my house as a reminder of the ritual we shared, walking through your gardens every time I came for a visit. You were always so proud. I was always so envious of your green thumb.

I miss your sunshine mom.
I will always love you sweet lady.

March 30, 2013
Mom...I miss you so very, very, much! Knowing we'll never talk again, sit on your deck and watch the moon set, admire the loons as they swim by, watch the birds by the gazebo, or plant your flowers each spring is really hard to comprehend. Thank you for these memories and so many more. You were the best mom ever. Love always -
March 29, 2013
Mom, It's Easter and it makes me so sad to know our family traditions are gone with you. The huge Easter egg hunt and family get togethers are done. my children have so many great memories of Easter at Grandma Joyce's house. I miss you so much and it has really hit me the last couple of weeks. I have a lot of people around me but I feel so lonely. I miss your good night hon every night after we talked. I miss having you there every time I called or needed to see you. You always said I was there for you, but the truth is you were always there for me. This is going to be a very hard Spring without you but know you are missed every minute of the day. I Love you Mom, Laurie
March 29, 2013
Mother,I have held off writing waiting for just the right words to say. All I could think of was my very first thought. I Love and Miss you more than anyone could ever know.I just wish I would have taken time to have that cup of coffee with you. I will miss that forever! Sorry! Love always Gene
March 27, 2013
Mom - It's been a month since we said goodbye to you. After a miserable winter, I think spring is finally around the corner. I wish you were here to smell it, hear it's sounds and feel it's warmth. You always looked so forward to spring. Thinking of you and missing you. Sue
March 08, 2013
Mom - This is the first full week since you left us on the 27th. There are so many things about you that I remember and miss already: your voice at the other end of the phone line, sharing with you news of my life, cups of tea at the end of the day, your opinion when I asked for advise only you could give, sitting outside together enjoying your yard and lovely gardens, your concern for and interest in your famliy, hugs goodbye, and so much more.
I was always so proud of your strength and intelligence and beauty. You were the mom who could raise six kids as well as go to work at an occupation that you loved, long before most women combined motherhood with a profession out of the home. I never tire of telling people how my mom was able to do that and do it well. You were the mom with so many talents and we depended on you for so many things.
We, your children, know the sacrifices you made for us and we will be forever thankful.
Your final years were so difficult for you but you always found ways of letting us know you loved us. Rest in peace knowing that you were very much loved in return and will never be far from my thoughts. Sue
March 06, 2013

It is hard to believe I am writing to you this way. You were always there for your family and now you are gone. Always steadfast and confident. Always ready to listen, ready with advice or just quiet knowing.

I watched as the past years slowly challenged your independence. You hung on to the end showing us your strength as you fought to stay with us. Our last days together as a family were unforgettable as you spoke your silent words of love to us. Don't worry about us, we are solid and so proud to be your children.

My sweet mom, you were a remarkable woman in so many ways and I will dearly miss you. I love you.
March 03, 2013
My 'modern' grandma, as I always called you when I was younger. My strong, valiant grandma who taught me how important it was to get an education and to be able to stand on my two feet. Thank you. Thank you for helping to make me who I am. I love you. Always have...always will.
March 03, 2013
To the Danca family,Joyce was the most thoughtful and loving person. She gratiously accepted me into the family when I married her late brother,Verne.I'll cherish those wonderful memories of her. She loved her husband, family and extended family.My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ann(Peterson)Mansfield
March 01, 2013
My heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of your mom. She will aways be in your heart and cherish the wonderful memories ~
February 28, 2013

Saddened by the news of your mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Steve Carlson (Kellogg)
February 28, 2013
Mom, you will forever hold a place in my heart. I will miss you every day of my life. Until we meet again in heaven. You have my love always ..Lauren
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