Joy West was born on Jan. 10, 1944, to Reed and Belle Liljenquist of West Yellowstone, Mont., and Idaho Falls, Idaho. Joy was a fifth generation Montanan. She was the great-granddaughter of early homesteaders in West Yellowstone, Mont. Joy lost her battle with cancer on June 14, 2014.
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In Loving Memory
Life: Live it, love it, cherish it, every minute. Given the chance, dance. Dance in the headlights in a snow storm, on the top of a mountain, next to a river. Live your life. Bring "joy" and laughter to every person you meet. Always wear the biggest smile in the room. Cry happy tears when you see the mountains that you love. Love those that love you until your last breath. Inspire every person you meet to truly be happy.
Joy was passionate and caring. She adored Her "Montana Man, Roger," family, Montana, flowers, sunsets, star-filled skies, the sunny slopes of long ago, the laughter of Chaseton, the kisses from Coral and the hugs from Lauren. Joy was truly a joy to every person that she came in contact with. Our sweetheart has left us. She will forever be in our hearts and in our fondest memories. Sweet Joy, we love you and are so blessed to have shared in your amazing spirit and child like laughter.
Joy is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Roger West of Cameron, Mont.; children, Jolie West of Jackson, Wyo., Jason West and daughter-in-law, Jenifer West of Bozeman; brother, Jim Liljenquist and sister-in-law, Carol Liljenquist of Idaho Falls, Idaho; sister, Diane Liljenquist of Pocatello, Idaho; grandchildren, Chaseton Delzeit, Coral Delzeit and Lauren West of Bozeman.
Cremation has taken place. A private family dispersal will be held in the fall.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 22, 2014