Joyce was born on March 17, 1927, to George R. Julian and Ruth (Kay) Julian at Maiden Rock, Wis. Her father and paternal grandfather owned and operated a general store in Maiden Rock, a small village located on the western edge of the state on the Mississippi River. She attended elementary and high school in the village.
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Following graduation from high school, she attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, majoring in secondary education, and graduating in 1948. She then enrolled at the Chicago Theological Seminary on the University of Chicago campus and later was employed as director of religious education, Westminster Congregational Church in Spokane, Wash.
In 1954, she moved to Minneapolis and attended the School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, earning a MSW degree. She worked in a variety of social service agencies in the Twin Cities until 1968, when she moved to Casper, Wyo., where she was employed as a school social worker with a program for learning disabled students.
In Wyoming, she met her husband, Walter Terry Hynes, and they were married in Colorado in 1970. In 1972, they relocated to Bozeman, when Mr. Hynes was transferred to this location by the FAA. They were later divorced.
In 1973, Mrs. Hynes was employed by the Bozeman Public Schools as part of a team providing services to students with learning disabilities and support to their families. She was instrumental in assisting the district to expand these services and to comply with the new federal law for the education of the handicapped. Subsequently, she was promoted to the position of director of special education - a position that she held until her retirement in 1989.
During retirement, she became an active volunteer with the AARP organization serving on its health advocacy program, legislative committee, women's issues, long-term care action team, and prescription drug task force. Other organizations in which she was active include the League of Women Voters, the Bozeman Artists organization, AARP Chapter 44, Retired Educators Association, and the Paper Dolls book club. She was also an active member of Pilgrim Congregational Church. She enjoyed traveling and attending Elderhostel programs.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents.
She is survived by her sister, Norma Mogan of Louisville, Ky.; and her brother, David Julian of Albuquerque, N.M.; three nieces and three nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Pilgrim Congregational Church.
Memorials in Joyce's name may be made to Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ Endowment Fund or the Bozeman Area Community Foundation.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.dahlcares.com, 300 Highland Blvd., Bozeman 59715.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from July 31 to Aug. 1, 2008