Joye Meyer

Joye L. Meyer

Townsend —Joye L. Meyer died Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Highgate Senior Living in Great falls of complications following a stroke with her daughter by her side.

Visitation will take place at Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 212 Broadway, Townsend, MT, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 27, 2013. The family invites you to join them in praying the rosary at 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 27, 2013 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with interment to take place following the Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial in the social hall at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Beth Murphy of Great Falls and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joye was born November 29, 1928 in Canton, Montana, the daughter of Cornelius and Minnie Lynch. She attended schools in Townsend and went on to receive a degree in Accounting from Kinman Business College in Spokane. She married her high school sweetheart Fred Meyer on November 5, 1949 and at the time of his death in 2008 they had celebrated 59 years of marriage. They spent their entire life together ranching in the Townsend area.

Together Fred and Joye worked tirelessly in the restoration of St. Joseph Catholic Church and were instrumental in getting it placed on the National Historic Register. The old Church stands on a hill overlooking the valley they called home for so long.

She was a 4-H leader for many years and was very active in her church and Altar Society until her health declined in later years. She was a member for over 65 years of the James Lynch VFW Post, which was named for her brother, and was also a life long member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Mom was never happier than when surrounded by her family, friends and her beautiful flowers. Known for her Irish humor and determination in the face of adversity, she was loved by all who knew her. Her door was always open and there was always room for one more at the table.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fred, daughters, Martha Jean and Margaret Ann, brothers, Jim Lynch and John Lynch and sisters, Grace Lynch, Lois Kackley, Pauline Kline and Claudine Ulmer.

Memorials in Joye's name are suggested to St Joseph Catholic Church restoration fund c/o Nancy Marks, Townsend, MT 59644 or to the Broadwater Health Center, 110 N. Oak Street, Townsend, MT 59644. Please visit to offer the family condolences or to share a memory of Joye.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 27, 2013