Joyce Heidema, 76, went to be with her Lord on Oct. 12, 2016, after a long battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 21, 1940, in Bozeman, Montana, to Peter R. and Gertrude (TeHennepe) VanDyken. She graduated from Manhattan Christian High School in 1958 and on Dec. 29, 1960, she married John Heidema.
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She spent most of her life being a dairyman's wife and remained involved even after John's passing in 2003. She was a lifetime member of Manhattan Christian Reformed Church and enjoyed her time attending Dorcas Guild. Her faith was radiated through her struggle and became her testimony to those who were blessed to know her. "Joyful Joyce" became her nickname by the nursing staff and her smile remained constant throughout her struggle.
Her family was very dear to her and she enjoyed spoiling her grandkids whenever possible. She loved spending time in her flower beds and her love for music kept her at the piano up until her passing. Quilting became a hobby when her first grandchild graduated from high school, making quilts with classmates' names for each grandchild. Sadly, five grandchildren remain who will not be receiving "Grandma's quilt".
Joyce is survived by her daughter, Sheila Heidema; son, Justin; son, Leland (Lisa) Heidema and their children, Brett (Kendra and daughters, Allie and Kinsley), Kyle (Christy), Breanna, Keith, and Kelsey; daughter, Michelle (Shane) Leum and their children, Colten and Mariah; son, Kent (Dorothy) Heidema and their children, Logan, Madyson, and Carson; sisters, Karen (Hank) Dyksterhouse and Cindy (Dave) Johnson; brothers, Ray VanDyken, Gary (Ellen) VanDyken, and Daryl (Carol) VanDyken; sisters-in-law, Sheri VanDyken, Pat Cok, and Marge (Doug) Langel; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; parents, Peter R. and Gertrude VanDyken; brother, Eldon VanDyken; mother-in-law, Anne Heidema; sister-in-law, Tjaakje Heidema; and brother-in-law, Steven Cok.
Visitation will be held at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16 and again on Monday, Oct. 17 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Manhattan Christian Reformed Church Fellowship Hall. Graveside committal service will be held for family and friends on Monday at 10 a.m. at Churchill Cemetery, with a Memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church.
We want to thank Dr. May and the Cancer Center staff, Dr. Hahn, Rocky Mountain Hospice, and the amazing staff at the Churchill Retirement Home and Assisted Living facility.
Memorials may be made to Manhattan Christian School, 8000 Churchill Rd, Manhattan, MT 59741; or Churchill Retirement Home, 6151 Shady Rest St, Manhattan, MT 59741.
To view the Memorial Service, please visit: http://webcasts.lifetributes.com/743117
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 16, 2016